Sunday, December 4th, 2011 at 1:09 pm  |  47 responses

Report: Miami Heat Interested in Greg Oden

The Heat could certainly use some help down low, and if healthy, Greg Oden may be the man to provide it. ESPN is reporting that Miami may offer the Blazers’ restricted free agent center a large chunk of its mid-level exception: “Because of their limited spending power and the multiple areas of their roster that need shored up, the Miami Heat might have to get a little creative in free agency. That could be part of their plan to address the center position. The Heat are considering making a run at restricted free agent Greg Oden, league sources said. Oden, who hasn’t played in nearly two years after suffering two different knee injuries, has a key doctor’s examination this week when he could be cleared to resume contact practices. Oden has a one-year qualifying offer from the Portland Trail Blazers for $8.9 million on his plate at the moment. The most the Heat could offer is the bulk of the $5 million mid-level exception. For these reasons, it would seem like an easy choice for Oden if he can return to the floor, which could come as early as January. By making the hefty qualifying offer, the Blazers indicated they have not given up hope even though Oden has only played 82 games since being taken with the No. 1 overall pick in 2007. But Heat president Pat Riley is known for his powers of persuasion and last year convinced free agent after free agent to take less money to sign in Miami. Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem and Mike Miller all took less money than they were offered elsewhere.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    I donno, if he stayed healthy I think it would be a great pick up but I just think its a risk they don’t really need to take

  • Jono

    Daaaamn, LeBron and Daddy-looking LeBron on the same team?? At least we can tell em apart cuz of the headband..

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Use the amnesty clause on Mike Miller and get Oden.


    ohhh cute lbj and his papi might play together

  • dahon

    i agree one of the ugliest players in the NBA…al jefferson, too…but they got skillz…

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max


  • blakos

    As long as Miami dont expect him and his chalk bone knees to run the break with Bron and Wade

  • http://www.slamonline.com greg

    This is the year for oden. i expect to see a polished game by february because all these injuries allowed him to work on his game skill wise i remember when he last played he showed great moves down low and a decent touch around the hoop. he could help any team thats a big man away from contending

  • Tommy Peterson


  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    ultimately the decision is up to the kid, If I was in his camp I’d want absolutely no parts of South Beach. Stick with the same medical advisors and doctors who have seen you through these past few years, and with the organization that best understands the nature of your durability.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    be foreal. when greg oden healthy and out there playing, he’s good. he can play some ball. especially with the lack of centers. his defense alone changes the game. he was the #1 pick for a reason. its just he has freak injuries. atleast 2 of them were “wtf” kinda injuries. but if he can ever really be healthy he can be valulable to any team, especially a championship caliber 1

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    I’d still opt for his former partner in crime in Pryzbilla. More proven, less injured, which is kind of ironic since he’s barely proven and always injured…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    This would be dope!

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com OTB

    If you’re that prone to injury, no matter how much skill you have, you’re always going to be prone to injury. No medical staff in the world can make your bones less brittle or your legs more prone to getting injured trying to defend NBA players – if your body can’t handle it, it won’t. It happened to Yao, and Oden has the same fate. Waste of cap space for Miami really, there are other centers they could make a run for who would actually be able to play and not just warm thier bench.

  • MikeC.

    Watch him sign with Phoenix, sip the magic rejuvenation juice and turn into a combination of young Mutombo and Shaq.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Cosign MikeC he needs to go to Phoenix

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    With all this guy has gone through, the last thing his fragile mind state would need is the bright lights and intense 24/7 media scrutiny of playing with the Heat.

  • RyanT1992

    I agree with JTaylor, Miami should amnesty Miller and get Oden. A true center would be much more useful than a shooter

  • Red

    YES DO IT!! The Heat will crash & burn, TAKE T MAC AND AI TOO!

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Haven’t decided if I’m bored of rooting against the Heat yet or not. I’m pulling for Oden, though. Hard not to feel bad for the guy, so uf he’s on the roster, maybe it’s time to rejoice a little less at every Heat loss.

  • robb

    lol@jono daddy looking Lebron is spot on

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    If he’s able to stay healthy I see it helping the Heat out in a legitimate way. He’s definitely an upgrade over Joel Anthony(key term: if he stays healthy)

  • robb

    Seriously I hope Greg can stay healthy. He’s been through a lot and having a chance to win a ring would be great for him.

  • abaci

    Oden should stay with the blazers

  • Ed LOmax

    cosign M CHO… Oden has had a history of letting the pressure build up to an almost depresive state, big ego’s and the spotlight, if he starts playing subpar could be more damaging than any physical injury… Rooting for him though, a solid defensive anchor would raise the Heat’s defense to a whole ‘nother ‘NOTHER level.

  • Ed LOmax

    cosign M CHO… Oden has had a history of letting the pressure build up to an almost depresive state, big ego’s and the spotlight, if he starts playing subpar could be more damaging than any physical injury… Rooting for him though, a solid defensive anchor would raise the Heat’s defense to a whole ‘nother ‘NOTHER level

  • Grenners

    Amnesty Bosh next year and pick up Dwight as a free agent. Another team will pay bosh the max so they would have the cap room.

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    I remember someone at slam said Greg Oden looks like he ate old Lebron. That still applys now

  • slamfan4life

    if the dude is healthy hes gonna be dope

  • Jono

    @MCHO you the GM of the bobcats?

  • Marvis

    I don’t think they should get Greg, I would say look into Tyson Chandler instead. I think they should make a offer to him. Tyson would seem more ideal for the Heat at the moment. Greg is a great player when healthy yet i don’t see him as a great investment for the Heat who want to win a ‘ship asap. Tyson helped crush the Heat yet he dose not want to sign back with the mavs, why not take him?

  • Red

    I wouldn’t feel bad at all if he got injured, he isn’t a good person so I got no sympathy & if he becomes a Heat ill have less.

  • Scarfacevt

    go for it this guy is a great player if he stays healthy

  • http://nbasobrietystrike.blogspot.com/ CoolWhip

    so every time we talk about the Heat signing someone we have to mention how ‘persuasive’ he is? Everyone knows the big 3 that play in Miami

  • bt

    what a waste of an article, they can only offer the mid level exception, which the blazers won’t hesitate to match

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametimeweezy

    who woulda though Mike Conley Jr would have a better career than Oden

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    dude they dont got no money for tyson chandler

  • http://armedandloaded.com iskolares

    Know what’s best for Oden? Go to the suns and have the medical team of the suns take care of him. Shaq, Nash and Hill, they’ve all been revived by the same medical team..

    after two years, go to another team to earn a big chunk of money :)

  • Groves

    there is five better centres available… Gasol, Nene, Chandler, DeAndre Jordan and Dalembert

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Jono: I know you were joking but the MJandSilentBobCats’s GM is technically R Cho (Rich).

  • Thomas

    He is like what…23, 24? And he played in 82 games since 07, and people still think he can turn it around? I want to see him succeed and the center position is as weak as it has ever been in the NBA, but I highly doubt it would happen….

  • Yesse

    Groves is right, but since i am not a Miami fan i don’t really care what they do. I wouldn’t sign him, but hey im not them.

  • http://slamonline.com swagg

    he is definitely not the best choice out there when it comes to free agent centers. But Miami has no chance at getting the other guys that Groves mention. Maybe only Dalembert

  • Mike from Spain

    He needs some of the Phoenix magic. If the Heat get them for less money than he could get elsewhere, I’d try to regulate his minutes in the regular season, train him carefully, not expect that he runs the break, etc… and get the minutes / intensity higher in the postseason. No reason to break Oden’s knees in the regular season

  • http://www.kittywilde.com/ RunNGun

    He’d be awesome with the choke artist in Miami being injured and on the bench. Oden’s knees are like rubberbands stretched out and waiting to snap.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    sammy d. that’s all.

  • Patrich

    I really think the need to upgrade the front court. They should waive players like Howard, Miller, and House to make cap room for Dalembert. The Heat have enough scoring from the “big 3″ especially with the addition of Battier.