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  1. Pacers win first Conference Finals rematch vs. Heat

    Dec 10, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    The Pacers wanted their Dec. 10 game vs. the Heat a whole heck of a lot more than Miami did, after falling to the eventual back-to-back champs in the Conference Finals a season ago and being very open with their goals heading into this year’s campaign. Indiana hasn’t been shy about declaring its desire to…

  2. Don’t think Andrew Wiggins is a lock as No. 1 pick. He’s not.

    Nov 13, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    Andrew Wiggins

    We’ve blown him up — when you talk about NBA teams taking this season we call it “riggin for Wiggins.” As in Andrew Wiggins, the Kansas freshman who had 22 points and 10 boards, plus played some good defense, in leading his team past Duke Tuesday night. Wiggins is atop every serious mock draft right…

  3. Greg Oden plays first NBA minutes in almost 4 years, dunks the first time he gets the ball (VIDEO)

    Oct 23, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    Greg Oden hasn’t played NBA minutes since December 5, 2009 — a span of 1,418 days. (That figure is via Ben Golliver at SI.com, who personally lived through the Oden nightmare in Portland, so we’ll take his word for it.) Oden was picked up by the Miami Heat this summer, on a one-year minimum deal…

  4. Oden has knee swelling, minor setback after scrimmage

    Oct 16, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    A couple days ago we told you that Greg Oden had been fully cleared to practice and that he was going to take part in a 5-on-5 scrimmage with the Heat. We also told you that Heat doctors were measuring his knees daily to see if there was any swelling. Wednesday they found some, reports…

  5. Report: Adidas ready to throw $180 million at Andrew Wiggins

    Oct 15, 2013, 7:06 PM EDT

    Andrew Wiggins

    You never know for sure if a player is going to turn out to be a superstar — Greg Oden was taken in front of Kevin Durant, Michael Jordan went No. 3, Kobe Bryant No. 13. But sometimes you do know (LeBron James, Derrick Rose) and most scouts and teams believe Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins…

  6. As Greg Oden nears return Heat doctors measure his knees daily

    Oct 14, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    On Monday at practice, Greg Oden played in some 5-on-5 drills, reports Ira Winderan of the Sun-Sentinel. It’s the latest in a series of small stems moving him toward a return to the court. Still, there is no timetable on his return and the Heat are being very cautious. How cautious? Check out this note…

  7. Greg Oden cleared for full practice, could play for Heat in preseason

    Oct 12, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    When Miami took a chance on signing Greg Oden this offseason, the plan was to bring him along slowly, with the hope that he’d be healthy enough to contribute at some point before the postseason run to a third straight title began. All indications now are that he’ll be ready much, much sooner than was…

  8. Danny Ainge: Not worth tanking for Andrew Wiggins

    Oct 4, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

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    Every active No. 1 pick, with the exception of Tim Duncan, who has been in the NBA at least six seasons – Greg Oden, Andrea Bargnani, Andrew Bogut, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Kwame Brown, Kenyon Martin and Elton Brand –  has changed teams by age 28. It’s an era where teams must kowtow to top…

  9. Celtics’ Ainge doesn’t see a franchise-changing player in this draft

    Oct 3, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Andrew Wiggins

    I’ve taken to calling it “woeful for Wiggins” but there are a hundred different ways of phrasing the organizational tanking going on around the NBA — a number of teams are going with the “get bad to get good” strategy this year. The Sixers, Suns, Magic, Jazz and others chose this year to be a…

  10. Greg Oden goes through his first NBA practice in four years with Heat

    Oct 2, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    The Heat will not place any expectations at all on the fragile psyche of Greg Oden this season, at last not publicly. There will continue to be no timetable for his return to games that count, but Miami signed him for a reason. If the gamble pays off, the Heat will have a big and…

  11. Wednesday And-1 links: LeBron designed a $50K watch. Because he can.

    Oct 2, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Heat Media Day Basketball

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than Seth MacFarlane likes doing cutaways in Family Guy… • LeBron James helped…

  12. As Heat open camp, Greg Oden still taking it slow

    Sep 30, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

    Greg Oden

    At age 21, Greg Oden was the kind of big man NBA teams are clamoring four now — a beast on the boards and protecting the rim who also could get you a fair amount of points. At age 25, he has barely set foot on the court since then. He’s had three microfacture and…

  13. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Miami Heat

    Sep 30, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Last season: The Heat won their second straight championship in an epic seven-game battle against a Spurs team that had every chance to take home the title instead. On their way, Miami flirted with history by stringing together a 27-game winning streak that lasted late into March, and finished the season by winning an incredible…

  14. Derrick Rose says team chemistry will help Bulls compete with league’s elite

    Sep 24, 2013, 8:51 AM EDT

    adidas/BRIAN KERSEY

    CHICAGO – The Bulls are expected by many to be among the top teams in the Eastern Conference when factoring in the return of Derrick Rose. But while teams like Brooklyn, New York, and Indiana added talent through trades or free agency, Chicago lost a couple of guys who helped the team make its playoff…

  15. Miami Heat sign Michael Beasley to training camp contract

    Sep 11, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

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    Michael Beasley is back with the Miami Heat… at least for training camp. The Miami Heat have signed Beasley to a training camp contract, something first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and confirmed by the team. The deal is for one year at the veteran minimum ($1 million for him) and this is…

  16. Joel Anthony wants to retire with the Miami Heat

    Sep 1, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

    Heat pacers Basketball

    The FIBA Americas Tournament is currently taking place in Venezuela and, unsurprisingly, the participating NBA players are getting quite a bit of recognition — Even the players that are rarely recognized during the NBA season, like Miami Heat backup big Joel Anthony. ESPN wrote a 700-word feature on the Canadian Anthony earlier  this weekend, going…

  17. Heat’s Spoelstra talked to Seattle Seahawks about winning

    Aug 28, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    The Seattle Seahawks are NFL title contenders. That is a strange sentence to type, but it’s true. ProFootballTalk has them fourth in its preseason power rankings and they were probably the hottest team in football at the end of last season. So how do you get a team over the top? Ask someone who got…

  18. Dwyane Wade says he removed himself from Heat’s free-agent recruitment this offseason

    Aug 25, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    After winning their second straight championship last season, the Miami Heat weren’t exactly in a position to go out and reload in free agency, and in fact, it was actually a case of the opposite. Miami cut ties with Mike Miller using the amnesty provision built into the league’s new collective bargaining agreement, and by…

  19. Pelicans agree to non-guaranteed deal with Arinze Onuaku

    Aug 21, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

    Arinze Onuaku

    The Pelicans were one of the teams interested in adding Greg Oden to their roster for some frontcourt depth, and were even reportedly considering giving him two years guaranteed to make that happen. With Oden long gone and now a member of the Miami Heat, New Orleans has gone with a less expensive yet possibly…

  20. Greg Oden’s agent says one contract year is better than two for both Heat and his client

    Aug 19, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat via Twitter

    When Greg Oden initially agreed to join the Miami Heat this offseason, his contract was reported to be a two-year deal, with Oden holding a player option for that second season. Despite the risk of signing Oden to any deal given his injury history and the fact that he hasn’t played a minute in the…

  21. Dwyane Wade had shock treatment to help knee tendonitis

    Aug 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    For the last two playoff runs, knee issues have hindered Dwyane Wade. He has some serious tendonitis in his knee and he hasn’t looked like himself, except in spurts. So this summer he went the shock treatment route. Yes, shock treatment — it is sending shock waves into the impacted knee or other area, very…

  22. Greg Oden’s Miami Heat contract only for a single season, according to report

    Aug 14, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

    Miami Heat via Twitter

    The Miami Heat made quite a few headlines when they were able to add Greg Oden on a minimum deal earlier this summer. The reigning NBA champions were lauded for the move considering they had locked up the former No. 1 pick for just the NBA’s veteran’s minimum, but it turns out the contract didn’t…

  23. Greg Oden chose Heat because they won’t need him early, dinner at Chili’s

    Aug 2, 2013, 10:53 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Chicago Bulls

    Former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden chose the Miami Heat on Friday night in a move that was widely-anticipated for awhile, but never quite confirmed until the numerous reports erupted across the internet. Most speculated he would choose the Heat because they’re the back-to-back NBA champions, but the oft-injured center gave a few other…

  24. Report: Greg Oden to sign with Miami Heat

    Aug 2, 2013, 9:07 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    Greg Oden will be taking his talents to South Beach. The oft-injured center has decided that the Miami Heat are the best fit for his comeback bid and, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the former top-overall pick will sign a two-year deal with the team. The Heat apparently hedged their bets as the deal is…

  25. Report: Mutual interest between Heat, Greg Oden

    Jun 22, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Greg Oden

    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…

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