Apr 3, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers former center Greg Oden smiles while watching the Trail Blazers play against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Greg Oden and Miami Heat Talks Starting Up


It was not long ago we brought along word that oft-injured center Greg Oden is attempting an NBA comeback and using this NBA free agency period as his way to do so.

Oden has his heart set on playing with the Miami Heat next to Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.

According to his agent via Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports, talks are expected to start up soon:

 “Obviously, they’ve got a need there,” Conley said of a center. “It’s a situation where they probably can’t go out and get a top player (with the money they have), but they can take chance on somebody like Greg and his upside. The exposure (of playing for the Heat) would be good for Greg. He could work his way back into his game. I think Miami is a good situation.”

“I think it obviously makes it easier because they know how much money they have available,” Conley said of Andersen having signed a deal essentially for the minimum next year of $1.68 million while the Heat didn’t use the taxpayer mid-level exception on him. “We haven’t been down that road yet but I anticipate we will be shortly.”

Remember that Oden is still only 25 years of age, so interest in him should be high. He’s a massive injury risk, but that means he will also come at a very cheap price with tremendous upside.

The Heat could use a physical presence in the middle on defense. Oden is that simply because of his stature. Expect talks to really heat up here soon, just like Conley suggested.

 

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  • Anthony Tolbert

    Sign greg oden his knees had two years plus rest that’s a good thing greg is a beast in the middle and will allow bosh to be at his natural position lets go heats lets sign greg

  • Al Williams

    ABSOLUTELY! I just read an article about the pros and cons why Miami should keep Chris Bosh, and I only saw “1″ legit pro and several cons! Greg Oden would turn some of those cons into pros, expect being overpaid!!!!!!!!!!!! Oden’s upside does out-weight the risk for the Heat. Also, looking forward, it would really be tough for LeBron to leave a better Heat team that just won “Back-to-Back Championships”, GO HEAT!

  • Jason Klenetsky

    I like the idea of Oden. He fits the Heats’ mold. He’s had a chance to rest those knees of his and I think Oden is focused as hell to show everyone he isn’t the bust everyone has been calling him. He has something to prove. 25 y/o, hopefully he got all the knee issues out of the way and he’s ready to become the player that made him a #1 overall pick just a few years back. Perfect fit!! Rebounding!!!!! Finally!! He’s a blocking machine as well. I really hope his knees hold up, for him and for the Heat.

  • Selda Kırkan

    Love to see Oden with Miami Heat Jersey.. Lets Go Heat!