Miami Heat Reportedly Want to Sign Greg Oden

by January 10, 2013

Late last season, you may recall Greg Oden’s camp expressing interest in the big fella resuming his star-crossed NBA career in Miami. It turns out that the Heat are also intrigued by the possibility, reports ESPN: “Nearly a year removed from his latest knee surgery, former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden has decided to resume his playing career but is not planning to return to the NBA before the 2013-14 season, according to sources close to the situation. Sources said that multiple teams have already expressed interest in signing Oden to a multi-year deal before the end of this season that would allow him to continue his rehab until he can get back on the court in training camp next fall. The Miami Heat are at the front of the line in pursuing Oden, two sources said, and have been keeping tabs as he recovers while also taking classes at Ohio State. Sources say that the Heat, though, are not alone in their pursuit of the former No. 1 overall pick. The Heat potentially could have two roster spots available this season, one of which Oden could slide into as he continues to rehab. Team president Pat Riley is known to like gambling on long shots, especially when it comes to big men.”