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Prediction: The Cleveland Cavaliers Will Stand Pat, Sign Greg Oden
The Cavaliers have been bombarded with injuries throughout the 2012-13 season, and while a free-agent signing is certainly not a "deadline deal," it is certainly a time-sensitive move that must take place before another team can snag their target.
Bringing in an injury-prone center might not make sense on the surface, but that's why this team should be expected to stand pat at the deadline. The Cavs have their sights set on 2013-14 with all the youth in their lineup, and this year will be quickly forgotten when that time comes around.
Cleveland hasn't played as well as most expected, and according to Fox Sports' Sam Amico, it has looked at Greg Oden. The team would let him rehab upon signing a contract, and the hope would be that he could return to the court the following year.
The Cavaliers are the second-worst shot-blocking team in the NBA, in the bottom 10 in rebounding and just 19th when it comes to points in the paint. Oden is a big question mark, but if he can stay healthy, he could help fix every one of those categories.
The situation works well for Oden, too. He's not going to a place where he's the savior of the franchise, and while there are sure to be Ohio State fans expecting the old Oden to return, most fans are sure to recognize that it's a low-risk, high-reward situation.