With the NBA season in the books, all teams will have to re-evaluate their roster and decide the best strategies to take this offseason if they are going to make their teams better. Even the back-to-back champion Miami Heat squad needs to take a hard look at what caused them to struggle at times, and that is size down in the paint. Because of that, you can expect the Heat to pursue a number of big men in free agency and one of those guys they are interested in is a former No. 1 overall bust.
According to reports, the Heat are interested in bringing in former Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden, while keeping Chris Andersen. It appears that Oden is interested in playing for the Heat, too. Then again, who wouldn’t be?
Oden’s agent, Mike Conley, told FOX Sports Florida by phone Friday that the free-agent center remains very interested in signing with the Heat this summer and the feeling is mutual. Conley expects to talk with Heat president Pat Riley when free agency begins July 1 about the 7-foot Oden, the 2007 No. 1 draft pick who hasn’t played in the NBA since December 2009 due to knee problems.
“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.”
No one has any idea how Oden would be able to perform, after being out of action since 2009, but there was enough talent there and he is certainly a big body that the Heat lack.
If he could at least stay healthy enough to give the team a few good minutes off of the bench, he could be an interesting option for the defending champs as they look to re-tool their roster for another run next season.
After all, the Heat struggled with the Indiana Pacers size inside, so they need to explore any and all options in an attempt to get bigger.