Agent: Greg Oden ‘Has Interest’ in the Miami Heat

by May 16, 2012

According to Greg Oden’s rep, if and when healthy, the Heat is one of the teams that the big fella could see himself continuing his NBA career with. Reports the Miami Herald: “[Agent] Mike Conley Sr., told us Oden is positioned be ready to play in December or January “as far as being effective and in shape” and will explore options in the coming months, with the possibility of joining a team next season. But nobody obviously can know for sure when he will be ready. The Heat hasn’t called but ‘Greg has talked about Miami,’ Conley said. ‘He has interest. He’s not retiring.’ Oden, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft, has played just 82 career games for Portland (which released him in March) and averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. Whether the Heat takes a flyer on Oden or not – and Miami has nothing to lose, really, if or when they ever deem him healthy – the bigger question is this: With limited financial resources, can Pat Riley significantly upgrade at center during the Big Three era?’”