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Sonics preparing for the draft

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SEATTLE, Wash. - Ohio State center Greg Oden, expected to be one of the top two picks in next week's NBA draft, visited the Seattle SuperSonics Friday.

He didn't go through a workout, but met with Sonics officials, who have the second pick in the draft.

The Portland Trail Blazers have the first pick, and are widely expected to pick Oden. Oden met with Sonics owner Clay Bennett, new general manager Sam Presti and new assistant GM Scott Perry.

The other anticipated top two pick, Texas forward Kevin Durant, is scheduled to visit the Sonics Sunday.

Oden said he doesn't care much whether he goes to Portland or Seattle. Under the league's collective bargaining agreement, the difference in rookie salary scale between the top pick and the second pick is approximately $3.9 million dollars versus $3.5 million, a difference of $379,000.

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