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Report: Heat re-open talks with Greg Oden’s agent

Jul 16, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

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If you want to know why the Heat amnestied Mike Miller and his $6.2 million salary, this could be a key piece of the puzzle.

The Miami Heat have re-opened talks to sign Greg Oden, reports Chris Tomasson of FoxSportsFlorida. The Heat have their taxpayers mid-level of $3.2 million, but being way over the luxury tax line ($87 million in salary before letting go of Miller) that would have been an expensive addition.

Now it’s more pitiable, but don’t expect a quick decision.

Oden is meeting with the New Orleans Pelicans this week, as they pitch him he chance to try and come back outside the spotlight that follows the two-time defending champions around.

The San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks also are both in the mix.

But if the Heat are serious and make a fair offer it would be hard for Oden to turn down. Miami offers a chance to win, a defined role (10-minutes a night off the bench) and all the other attractions of South Beach.

  1. tomshoe - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Anyone but the Heat.

    • soflasfinest - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      You scurred?

  2. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    If he signs, I wonder if the Heat would have the most Top 5 picks on their team at one time

    • gordontrue - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      Ok, so I took the bait…. the answer is Yes, but they would have fewer top-5 picks than they did last year.

      With Oden they would have 5 (James, Wade, Bosh, Allen, Oden), better than the Cavs’ (Bennet, Waiters, Irving, Thompson) and Knicks’ (Bargnani, Felton, Anthony, Chandler) 4.

      The Heat had 6 last season with Mike Miller and Juwan Howard on the roster.

      (Brooklyn, Charlotte, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, and Utah have 3 each)

      (Indiana and Denver have 0 top-5 picks)

  3. 808raiderinparadise - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Damn Greg Oden looks dang near 50 years old.

    Well we know his kness are at least 70.

    But if he could even muster Birdman type minutes in a pick n roll or defensive/reb minded rim guy ….. wow save his minutes for Hibbert & Joakim Noah to harass them.

    Then Bosh can play shooting guard since apparently thats all he does lol

  4. dls612 - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    If you think there are a lot of heat haters now, what if he signs and have one of the best comeback story ever! That would include winning a ring!

  5. onlyavoice - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Why Is That Oden Is Always Sitting In Every Pic???
    He Also Looks Like He’s In Pain.

  6. bellerophon30 - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    The taxpayers mid-level…….Who in the heck gives Greg Oden more than the minimum?!!?!? At the top of his list should be Phoenix and their training staff, to see if he can last 50 games without breaking anything else.

    But seriously………who gives him more than the minimum.

  7. russellbandingo - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    In one healthy year on the Heat he will get enough rings to be better than Durant right? Isn’t that how basketball works. You are as good as the number of rings you have?

    • cantonbound13 - Jul 17, 2013 at 4:56 AM

      So Robert Horry is one of the best of all time?

  8. zoomy123 - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    It’s hard for me to see why Oden would not join the Heat; they seem like a perfect match. Here’s what Miami has to offer him: 1) A classy organization that will immediately treat him like family; 2) Championships veterans who can mentor him; 3) A clearly defined role (defense, rebound, finish around the rim); 4) An immediate place as an integral component of a championship contending team.

  9. casualcommenter - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    I’m skeptical this guy can ever consistently contribute to a team, even “just” 10 minutes a game. Like Brandon, it’s easier for Oden to say he feels “the best he’s felt in years” having not played a real NBA game in years. His body can hold up to scrimmaging against buddies at the gym and weight training, but can he hold up against big guys like Dwight Howard, Roy Hibbert, or Marc Gasol fighting him for rebounds? Hard to imagine.

    That being said, if he somehow does become a guy who can play 10-15 minutes per game, he’d give the Heat more flexibility in the future. While they’re currently best in their small-ball lineups, in a way, they’re forced to play small with Bosh at the 5 because they only have two 2-way players who can play center besides Bosh (Birdman and Haslem), but each can only be counted on for 15-20 minutes per game at this point in their careers. Joel Anthony is too big of a liability on offense to play regular minutes.

    Adding a healthy Greg Oden to the mix would give the Heat 3 credible centers who would allow the Heat to play big all game against certain matchups without compromising their offense.

  10. onlyavoice - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    This Is The Heats Answer For The Only Real Threat In The East, The Pacers.
    Stop Rose & You Stop The Bulls.
    The Knicks (Hold On ROLMAO) They Have Melo.
    The Nets Have D.Williams (don’t know if it’s himself on the court playing) & KG.
    KG Is Going To Make D.Will Cry & Ask For a Trade. KG Is Playing For A Chip, Not D.Wills Face On a Billboard.
    The Heat Know The Pacers Will Get Better & Are Hungry.
    I Just Have This Feeling That Oden Wants A Check & 2 Seasons Of Bench Time.

  11. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Oden brings new meaning to the phrase “Size in the Middle”.

  12. lakerade - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    What are the reports of Curry’s workouts? Is he really somewhat ready or is he more just Bynuming?

  13. lakerade - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Curry, Oden, Kaman, whatever.

  14. dezglobal - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    He’ll sign w the Heat.. Pat Riley is the best salesmen ever.

  15. zelaya322 - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Miami knows they need a big so they go after Oden? The Lakers signing Kaman is better than signing Oden. IF he stays healthy, he still won’t be enough next season for the Heat to reach the finals a 4th straight time. Brooklyn, Chicago and Indy are all ready to knock of the Heat.

  16. mickdamill - Jul 17, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    To me it’s a win win situtation for the Heat if they sign him. They dont really need him and they can still win if he doesnt work out, if he does work out that is a big body for them to utilize. To me going to the heat is the safest option and probably be the best and last chance for Oden to have a career in the NBA.

    He can win a title with limited minutes and raise his value, this is where I’m going if I’m Oden.

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