NBA Free Agents 2011: 10 Teams That Need to Sign Greg Oden This Summer

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NBA Free Agents 2011: 10 Teams That Need to Sign Greg Oden This Summer
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This man's had lots of time to think lately...

Greg Oden has played a full 82 games.  The problem is that's a total over the past three seasons.  Still, the former No. 1 draft pick could be an asset to a number of teams next year.

The "cons" surrounding Greg Oden are certainly well known by this point: 

He's probably never going to be a super-star.  His body continues to be a ticking time bomb.  There's no way he's worth $6 million per year.  His offensive moves are limited.  His Sam Bowie impression has probably scared Portland away from him for good.

Make no mistake about it though, there are still plenty of legitimate "pros" when it comes to the "man who went before Kevin Durant":

He's only 23 years old.  His career numbers are actually pretty darn good for someone only playing 22 minutes per game.  He is a legitimate shot blocker and rebounder.

Like Blake Griffin, this agonizingly long time spent on the bench has not necessarily been in vain.  Greg Oden is also a very cerebral player who has gotten a chance to study the game A LOT during the past few years.

Consensus is that Greg Oden will certainly be worth another look over the next couple of seasons.  Yet, because of the risks inherent with his health situation, Oden may struggle to make more than a minimum salary next year.

Expect a lot of teams to pursue him on one and two year deals in the $1-3 million dollar per year range.  Oden will have to prove himself worthy of anything more lucrative, but he's certainly going to be given the chances.

Here are the top 10 teams who could benefit from having a healthy Greg Oden around:

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