Friday News and Notes from Around the League

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- The latest on the Greg Oden front, per Hoopsworld:

The New Orleans Pelicans’ pursuit of free agent Greg Oden is not an empty gesture. In fact, sources close to the situation say the Pelicans could be offering a two-year deal worth more than $3 million annually to ensure they are the team that lands the former number one overall pick.

Oden has been working toward a return to the NBA for more than 16 months, and players that have played pickup with him recently say he is in great shape and is really moving well despite numerous knee surgeries that have derailed his once promising NBA career.

Oden has long been pegged to join the Miami HEAT; however multi-year, higher dollar offers have Oden and his camp considering alternate situations.

Sources close to Oden say they have been looking for a "safe" place for Oden to resume his career and that they are looking for an organization that is willing to be patient with Oden and have the right kinds of expectations for him.


The article goes on to say the Heat are appealing because they vow to let Oden take his time in his return, and he would be sheltered from the media, due to their other stars. One has to believe the Pelicans have similarly told Oden they would never rush him. Moreover, they could point to the minutes restriction Eric Gordon successfully followed last season.

It is nice to hear that Oden appears to be moving well, undoubtedly further raising Rohan's hopes.

- Ryan Anderson stated yesterday he's extremely happy with the new roster:

``Jrue, Eric and Tyreke really can attack the rim and are all great offensively,’’ Anderson said. ``They all demand attention from the defense. I can play off guys like that. It will be a great opportunity for us to have those guys to be able to attack the rim. If they don’t have a shot, they can kick it out to me. They can also draw my defender away. We’re going to have an opportunity to score in a lot of different ways.’’

For those that have been waiting for Monty Williams to open up the playbook, the article goes on to say:

Pelicans coach Monty Williams said earlier this week that he has already been meeting with his assistants to change a significant amount of their offensive sets from last season.

That's music to all our ears.

- Later today, the Pelicans will play their final summer league game. They'll face the Washington Wizards in the consolation bracket, but unfortunately the game is not currently slated to air on NBAtv.

By the way, has anyone else noticed the display of team unity in Las Vegas? Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon and Al-Farouq Aminu have all made appearances. Jason Smith is currently on his honeymoon and one should assume the new roster additions are spending time making their way to New Orleans.
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