Posted June 21, 2013

Report: Greg Oden, Heat a potential free agent match

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Free-agent Greg Oden is interested in signing with the NBA champion Miami Heat. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Free-agent Greg Oden is interested in signing with the NBA champion Miami Heat. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Coming off back-to-back titles, the Miami Heat are already trying to upgrade the roster for next season.

Free-agent center Greg Oden is interested in signing with the Heat this summer and the feeling is mutual, reports FOX Sports Florida.

Oden’s agent Mike Conley said that Oden expects to talk with Heat president Pat Riley when free agency begins July 1. Oden hasn’t played in the NBA since December 2009 due to knee problems, after being drafted No. 1 overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.

“The Heat need some size, that’s not a secret,” Conley said. “Whether it’s in a backup role or whatever, he could help them. I know they’re interested in him and he’s interested in them. “The Miami Heat make sense.”

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Miami will have a taxpayer mid-level exception starting at $3.183 million to pay a free agent this summer.


17 comments
Lance Wheeler
Lance Wheeler

They would be stupid to go after him. All he did in portland was party and steal there money. The guy looks 50yrs. old. His body is probably that old. I think Riley knows better. All I have to say is good luck to ever gets him. He is a piece of @#$% and I hope he breaks his other leg.

Azeron
Azeron

I am glad to see this come to fruition.  

CraigWachs
CraigWachs

how does miami keep having money for free agents.... the so called big three have huge contracts , i dont get it

rodagaro
rodagaro

This is really the silliest story post-championship about the Heat that i have read so far.  Why does everyone want to push Oden on the Heat?  it makes no sense, high risk (health), low reward (no experience).  Everyone is basing his stats on a limited sample size on a team where he was the starter as a ROOKIE.  Riley is no dummy,  he has consistently picked up veterans at mid season (Bibby, Birdman, etc).  Just because Oden is a veteran on paper does not make him a "veteran" on the court.  Previous FA acquisitions all had playoff experience.  Oden hasnt even finished a season.  His agent is doing what agents do, talk alot of end of the season b.s. (basketball stories). They sent away their only big man (Pittman) twice to the D-league in one season.  Besides, Heat have proven 3 years in a row that they do not need a center, just a big man (6'9" is adequate thanks Bird!) who has good hands, is athletic, and can stay healthy (Oden doesnt meet any of those requirements, and before anyone says he has good hands I challenge you to show his turnovers prorated over a FULL season)

protegewill
protegewill

@rodagaro the Heat need a true big man. They came close to losing to the Pacers and the Spurs because they lack the presence of a true big man which is evident due to the Heat repeatedly getting out rebounded consistently. This is  also evident as you can see that the Heat's offense does not flow unless Bosh gets his touches consistently. James and Wade are two of the best that ever played there is no doubting that. But one has to acknowledge that their style of play is to similar and when the big man does not get into the ball rotation all Wade and James do is isolate. This is not a strategy that that Heat should pursue if they  seriously desire a third straight championship nearly losing to the Pacers should be proof enough. They need to take a chance on Oden, make a option that could be the answer not the complete answer. Whether it is Oden or not the Heat need to address their lack of size in the paint. I would suggest that they trade Bosh and go for one Tyson Chandler

DevinWilliams
DevinWilliams like.author.displayName 1 Like

Perfect match, they better get it done

6marK6
6marK6

Oden will fly in a take a look at how comfortable their benches and training rooms are.

Anh
Anh

He had got a pretty good rest. May be his knees healed, and strengthened. I'm 100% confident that Riley will give him a chance with a small one year contract, or something along that line. Have him played 10-15 minutes in the regular season to get back in the game, then have him start at Center in the playoffs when they need him.  

Eric70
Eric70

Looks like he could be LeBron's dad or grandpa. I hope he still has something holding his knees together. If Wade can have knee problems in the playoffs, who knows what Oden will be doing by then.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

Oden has got to be happy that any team has an interest in him.  What are the chances that he will play 30 games?  10%?  5%? 

MichaelHoward
MichaelHoward

would be a great signing I think he's low maintence and low risk

eddie767
eddie767

He can take Juwan Howards spot,same money,and Oden might even play some.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Oden has another good 10 minutes of basketball in him!

AdrianColeman
AdrianColeman like.author.displayName 1 Like

Greg Oden is a worthwhile risk, if he clears medically.

jamsub
jamsub

It's a good low risk option for the Heat. If he stays healthy he could be a good matchup against the big men in the East.  Keep his minutes limited and use him for the playoffs.

Bob Simpson
Bob Simpson

Considering that they spent the last two weeks planning the "holes to fill" argument.....I guess they had to come up with somebody.   When you aint got no money you aint got no money to lose.