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Report: Mutual interest between Heat, Greg Oden

Jun 22, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Greg Oden AP

This summer, the Miami Heat need to get bigger. The Indiana Pacers are not going to shrink in the offseason and the Bulls’ size is one of the issues Miami has trouble with (and they get Derrick Rose back).

The Heat would like to bring back Chris Anderson, plus they might go after free agent bigs such as Samuel Dalambert and Jermaine O’Neal, all guys they could get inexpensively.

The Heat also have interest in Greg Oden — and he likes them, too reports Chris Tomasson at Fox Sports Florida.

Oden’s agent, Mike Conley, told FOX Sports Florida by phone Friday that the free-agent center remains very interested in signing with the Heat this summer and the feeling is mutual. Conley expects to talk with Heat president Pat Riley when free agency begins July 1 about the 7-foot Oden, the 2007 No. 1 draft pick who hasn’t played in the NBA since December 2009 due to knee problems.

“The Heat need some size, that’s not a secret,” Conley said. “Whether it’s in a backup role or whatever, he could help them. I know they’re interested in him and he’s interested in them.”

Oden, the former No. 1 overall pick, has had seven knee surgeries including three microfracture surgeries all before age 25. He hasn’t stepped on an NBA court since December 2009. So, there’s a couple red flags there.

However, since the last surgery he has been following the rehab routine and working out to get in shape, all in hopes of an NBA comeback. He’s not going to live up to the promise he showed coming out of college, but maybe he could become a solid backup giving 10-15 minutes a night. Maybe.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are still considered the favorites to land Oden (he has been working out and taking classes at The Ohio State University). But the Heat would certainly have a role for him. There is a natural fit. And as a 25 year old, there are certain perks to living in South Beach.

We’ll see if this comes together. Oden likely lands somewhere with a non-guaranteed deal, but teams will look around at other free agents before making a move.

  1. jamieaadams - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    No matter where he lands, I just hope the kid stays healthy.

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      No matter where he lands I hope his knees can take the impact

      • fanofevilempire - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        his knees will shatter upon hitting the ground.

        I like how everyone is forgetting the team with the second best record in the east, the
        one with the scoring champ, sixth man of the year and a lock down defensive center.

      • bigrele - Jun 22, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        Yeah were so glad you like how we find it so EASY to forget that team with the 2nd best record & how they so easily were crushed in 6 games despite having home court advantage, this with the scoring champ as well in addition to that 6th man who found it oh so difficult to show up OH & that lockdown defensive center who got dominated like a schoolgirl by Roy Hibbert; um YEAH we like how you find it hard for us to dismiss & forget your pathetic Knicks, hahaha! lol

    • omahakidw - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      That is the thing we all hope for, I think if his body id healthy he will be a huge impact for someone

  2. jzone954 - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    True. If miami gets a legit big man, doesn’t need to be a super star or a load carrier, but someone official who can bang down low, then we will probably be talking about 3 peat. Bar any serious injury

    • cmehustle - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      I think we will talking about a three peat no matter who they get.

    • mydoghasfleez - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      True. If Miami gets a legit bigman.

      Oden is not legit.

  3. mrsingh24 - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    PBT needed two posts to cover this?

  4. teamspurs21 - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Bad idea for Oden they are going to try over playing him and cause more problems. they play to rough for time, he need smart pick-and-roll basketball with easy baskets. teams like SPURS or WARRIORS

    • Waxxx4321 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      get over your loss and stop crying…

      • hehateme2 - Jun 22, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        No one cares about 2nd best. Still a loser.

  5. titansbro - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Lol… still can’t believe the Blazers took this guy over Durant that year. He had plenty of injury issues in his 1 year at Ohio St & they still took him. Stupid stupid stupid & I, for one, did say so at the time. Plus his game wasn’t really all that good. No offensive skill at all. Worse pick than Kwame Brown.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      You’re right. Kwame Brown at least played several years in the NBA. Even some meaningful ones with the Lakers. Oden will finish his career with about 80 games played. Has any #1 overall ever played fewer games?

      • hatingyourteam - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        He’s already played 82.

    • genericcommenter - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      You can’t really say a pick was bad in hindsight. Well, you can, but I mean the pick was the pick at the time. Other GMs wanted to do the same thing and would have. There were questions about how Durant’s game would translate. There have been a lot of tall, skinny, and not-very-strong guys who scored loads of points in college and didn’t do anything in the NBA. Durant wasn’t a sure-thing to be better than Oden, and no one knew at the time. And Durant was not very good his first season- he shot a lot- mostly poorly, and contributed in no other significant way. And his team was terrible. It wasn’t like he had a first season impact like a Bird, Magic, Robinson, Shaq, Duncan. He got much better fast and became great. The Blazers made the expected pick at the time based on the information known at the time. That’s all you can do. You cant predict the future. You make the best decision with the known knowns.

      • mydoghasfleez - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        Known knowns at that time were: 1 year of college, injured most of that year, played well in NCAA tourney, not a super athlete if you watched him play.

    • mydoghasfleez - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      Thank you titansbro. I thought I was the only one who noticed back then that this was not a good athlete. He had a good NCAA tourney performance, but watching him lumber up & down the court & swinging on the rim after every dunk made it obvious this was not a good #1 pick.

    • p8a87 - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      You know who else had injuries his first year of college and got picked 1st Kyrie Erving! The kid is now an allstar

  6. willcoop62 - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    I only have two words for these teams looking to pick up a guy with bad knees. Brandon Roy! Ya feel me!

  7. vstyle23 - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Did you say that current player Mike Conley is his agent

    • snoopy2014 - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Mike Conley, Jr. is the player for the Grizz. His father is Greg Oden’s agent.

  8. cantonbound13 - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    I see they found LeBron’s biological father.

    • spankygreen - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      or maybe yours……hmm,,,,

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        The Heat are canton’s daddy!

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      Jealous-loser: LeBron won the Heat a second championship, while the Knicks didn’t even come close to a championship, again. I feel for Carmelo, and would love to see him get the hell out of loserland, a.k.a. the sphincter of the universe: New Yawk City.

      • fanofevilempire - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        Have you ever ventured a few miles away from the arena in Miami, well I have
        and let me tell you it isn’t all that pretty and my family lives in Coral Springs
        and Margate, I visit for Miami carnival and whenever I feel so I know what’s up
        down in Miami so you can give that loserland talk a rest!

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        Wow, so sensitive. Wasn’t meant as a shot at LeBron. You have to admit they do look alike.
        You would think you’d lighten up after your team won. Wow. You’re just an angry person.

  9. patfic15 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    That would be impressive to see a 50 yr old actually play. All jokes aside I hope he can play. I’ve always felt bad for the kid.

    • mydoghasfleez - Jun 23, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      Feel bad? Became a multimillionare for no return on investment.

      • hatingyourteam - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        Believe it or not, some of these players actually want to play basketball, not sit on the bench.

  10. ProBasketballPundit - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    This guy hasn’t played a full season since… oh wait he’s never played a full season. Or even close. Waste of time.

    • mydoghasfleez - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:58 PM


  11. qpoiu1 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Bill Laimbeer (in his prime of course) would be a perfect player for the Heat: a floor-spacing shooter AND a tough big body to bang inside

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      He could take some of the hate from LeBron.

  12. bellerophon30 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    If they can get Oden for the minimum, then they should absolutely do it, there’s no risk. But if he’s willing to do a one year for the minimum, then he’ll have his pick.

  13. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    After seeing those twit-pics, signing Oden would absolutely help the Heat get bigger.

    • patfic15 - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      You sir have won!!!

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 22, 2013 at 4:45 PM

        I usually don’t make dck jokes here; but if the Heat sign Oden, read my comments and you’d think I was writing for the Howard Stern show.

  14. 23chameleons - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Back up to Dwight Howard in Houston ?

  15. nbafan99 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Seriously. I don’t think any front office person is considering this. It’s probably no more than a PR firm attempting to generate interest.

  16. losanginsight - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Lebron is going to get a chance to play along side his long lost dad.

    • mydoghasfleez - Jun 23, 2013 at 4:01 PM


  17. bchapman2011 - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    This guy has accomplished nothing in his basketball career except for staying semi healthy one season for Ohio State and as a reward he has robbed the NBA of millions and millions of dollars. You can literally be the biggest retard in the world and as long as you are over 7ft you are treated like a king in the NBA……Simply amazing

    • mydoghasfleez - Jun 23, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      True story

      He should take his unearned millions (more power to him) & just disappear from any NBA activity.

  18. 00maltliquor - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    When will some teams ever learn?

    • shanydawg - Jun 22, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      If all those ‘learned’ teams didn’t pass on andersen this season, he would not have been the perfect fit for the Heat to help them win the championship.

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:39 PM

        What?? What does Birdman have anything to do with teams tryna pick up players that stay injured like Oden and Brandon Roy? Bird doesn’t have injuries like that, what are you getting at sir?

  19. bowmanj35 - Jun 22, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    living in Oregon, but I do like the heat, don’t sign this bum. Mr broken down. in college he had the wrist by the way, no knee problem. There was no way to know he’d be twigs n matchsticks in the legs. And for everyone saying can’t believe they took him over Durant, NO ONE was saying take KD. Remember he was the only guy that couldn’t bench 185 even once at the combine, there were plenty of Q’s there too, and Portland had B Roy. Just another Bowie over Jordan BC they had Clyde Drexler. Injuries suck.

  20. justwannawinna - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    This kid had massive defensive talent and was showing he could be an explosive offensive scorer in terms of finishing… he even drew comparisons with the Hakeem as they had the same body type expect Hakeem was much more fluid with his body… but injuries slowed this kid down and I agree portland didn’t exactly do its homework when it came to the injury problem (I mean how do u miss one leg is longer than the other by a little bit?) but he was the consenus first overall pick and the one with more upside and every general manager knows the only way to consistently win is to get a centerpiece who can stop the opposition from scoring especially if hes the one thats the better prospect. Durant coming out looked like a pure scorer that couldnt do much else.. though hes gotten a little better defensively not much of the evaluation has changed…he also hasdstrength and durability issues of his own… but enough of the past I hope this kid passes his physicals and gets a spot on a roster…

  21. onlyavoice - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    I’m A Heat Fan But Not a Delusional One.
    Oden Wants Another Paycheck, NOTHING MORE.
    So You Say That All He Has To Do Is Play 16 (post season) Games At A High Level.
    When Is He Supposed To Get In Shape To Play These 16 Games?
    His Knees Are Almost Bone To Bone.
    Let The Cavs Have Him. He’s Done.

  22. onlyavoice - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Odens Knees Will Crumble Just Trying To Do The Harlem Shake.

  23. onlyavoice - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    I Think The Heat Will Take A Look At Andrew Bynum 1st.
    No Difference In Knee Condition Than Odens.
    But If Bynum Can Get Back To Playing He Would Far Exceed Oden Come Post Season.
    No One Is Taking a Chance On Bynum With a Big Contract & A Stint With The Heat Could Rejuvinate His Career (IF He Can Play)

  24. horrificlystoopid - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Nothing like a little April Fools joke in June!!!

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