The chase for Greg Oden appears to be nearing its end according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman and Marc Stein.
According to the report, the former no. 1 overall pick received formal offers from six finalists and plans to choose a new team Friday with the likely destination being the Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, or Dallas Mavericks.
Over the past few weeks Oden has worked out for several teams showing off his skills in Indianapolis, with each of his final six suitors but Dallas having a representative present.
Selected no. 1 overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2007, Oden has only played a total 82 career NBA games due to multiple injuries. He last played in an NBA game on December 5, 2009 and underwent his third microfracture surgery as recently as February 2012.
The Heat have been interested in Oden for quite some time as they began their pursuit of him prior to the 2012-13 regular season with Pat Riley leading the recruiting efforts. Team scout (and former player), Tim Haradaway even went as far as telling Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida, "if we get Greg Oden, I think we will win a third (straight) title."
They also passed on aggressively pursuing veteran free agent big man Marcus Camby this offseason.
It is clear that they see Oden as a low-risk, potential high reward even if he is four years removed from NBA action.
UPDATE 6:45 PM E.S.T.
Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida has this Twitter update directly from Oden's agent...
I just talked to Mike Conley, agent for Greg Oden. Gave some details on Oden such as when he'll make decision, etc.
--Conley said Oden still plans to be make his decision tonight but nothing is super imminent since he has a call with a team around 6:45 p.m. So the decision could still be a few hours away.
--Conley said the Miami Heat are still very much in the mix.
--Of the six teams that are involved, Conley wouldn't give specifics but said "some he's leaning toward more than others.'' Those teams are Miami, Dallas, San Antonio, Atlanta, New Orleans and Sacramento.
--Asked if Oden told him he'll make his decision tonight, Conley said, "We're talking about it.'' Then reiterated it will get done tonight.