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The Heat want to make a run at Greg Oden. I want to make a run at Isla Fisher. Both have equal odds.

Dec 4, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

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The Heat are cash strapped. That tends to happen when you have three superstars playing on one team (or former superstars in the case of Chris Bosh — sorry, Chris). They need to improve their team and yet they don’t have much room and only one exception to use. So what’s the plan? Apparently it’s to go after one of the players who remains a high-priced commodity despite his inability to stay on the floor due to repeated injuries. That’s right. The Heat want to pursue Greg Oden.

From the WWL:

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.

via Portland Trail Blazers’ Greg Oden drawing interest from Miami Heat, sources say – ESPN.

Yeah, let me go out on a limb here and say there is zero chance of this happening. It’s not just the $8.9 million qualifying offer from Oden. There’s a better than decent chance that the Blazers, backed by Paul Allen who did a Batman impression at the CBA talks in the forms of intimidation over wanting to reset salary offers, will make a ridiculous extension offer. And if they don’t, some team will. That’s the punchline of the lockout. Teams are still going to make a ridiculous offer for a guy who has had three knee surgeries. Because he’s tall, and bulky, and for some reason people still insist on saying he has “bad luck” with “freak injuries.” I’m sympathetic towards Oden. I hope his days of injury are over. It’s terrible for not just the basketball, financial, and emotional reasons for Oden, but because injuries diminish quality of life, and Oden as suffered a lot with them. But he’s still going to get that offer, and his injuries are a pattern.

Essentially the Heat are hoping that he elects to turn down the qualifying offer from Portland, all other offers (or that those teams have the restraint not to go overboard with an offer – hahahahahahaah that’s good, I needed that), and that he wants to play with the Heat. The last part isn’t tricky. Everything else is.

See, I think Isla Fisher is insanely beautiful and she’s the single funniest female I’ve ever seen outside of Gilda Radner and Tina Fey. But if you’re going to look at my odds of landing her, outside of the fact that I’m happily married with a kid, well, they’re not great. See she’s happily to Sasha Baron Cohen with two daughters. Other than that, well, um, she’s Isla Fisher and er, I… well, you get the point. Even if she didn’t have the qualifying offer (continued marriage with one of the funniest people on earth and a wonderful family), she’d still have to take less money despite better offers (from everyone else on the planet). So no, my odds are not great, and neither are the Heat’s.

I ran this by my wife. She laughed for twenty seconds then told me to take the garbage out. She doesn’t think the Heat have a great shot either.

If Pat Riley manages to pull this off, it will be his second offseason of creating sheer magic.

  1. ogbobbydeas - Dec 4, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Wow, if Pat Riley pulls this off then this will make NBA history ! The 1st father and son to play in the NBA together ! LeBron and Greg Oden

    2 Old face young guys

    HAHAHAHAH!

  2. jtk1985 - Dec 4, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Oden is going to be another Zydrunas Ilgauskas in my opinion. Big Z had foot problems the first 5 years in the league. Rebounded to have a good year and then played with LBJ. He is a steady but unspectacular big man.

    Oden will never be the most dominant big man in the game, but he could be an above average center who with the right pieces could even make an all star game or two.

  3. stoutfiles - Dec 4, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Joking about leaving your wife and kid for some celebrity, and not just to her but to thousands of people on your blog, well, that’s pretty low. You basically told the whole Internet you wife is not as good looking or funny as Isla Fisher. Might as well just slap her in the face next time, it’d probably hurt less.

    • jmclarkent - Dec 4, 2011 at 2:09 PM

      “You basically told the whole Internet you wife is not as good looking or funny as Isla Fisher.”

      It’s all in good fun, it’s not like he referenced her best friend or the babysitter. I’m sure that his wife would have similar comments if presented with a more-handsome option that Matt, like Clint Howard or Forrest Whitaker.

      • goforthanddie - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:00 AM

        +1 for the Clint Howard reference.

  4. bp888 - Dec 4, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    This guy is a horrible writer

  5. goforthanddie - Dec 4, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Miami has Bosh and doesn’t use him, it’s not his fault.

  6. mlp3180 - Dec 4, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    So NBC can’t afford editors? Really one of the most poorly written articles I’ve read on their sportstalk blogs. At least go back and re-read your work before you hit “publish.”

  7. bp888 - Dec 4, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    “The Heat are cash strapped. That tends to happen when you have three superstars playing on one team (or former superstars in the case of Chris Bosh — sorry, Chris). They need to improve their team and yet they don’t have much room and only one exception to use. So what’s the plan? Apparently it’s to go after one of the players who remains a high-priced commodity despite his inability to stay on the floor due to repeated injuries. That’s right”

    Most poorly written piece of the century

  8. lookatthefarside - Dec 4, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    This article is garbage.

  9. bp888 - Dec 5, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    Article sucks

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