Free Agency: Miami Heat and Greg Oden Showing Mutual Interest

Greg Oden announced last season that he was willing to give the NBA another shot and was determined to get healthy. After suffering with chronic knee problems, the former No. 1 overall pick was eventually released by the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Miami Heat are fresh off a second straight NBA championship, but capturing the title in 2013 was significantly tougher than the year before. As such, the Heat will be looking to improve the roster and there appears to be mutual interest between the champs and Oden, according to 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 remains very interested in signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who even considered offering the big man a contract last season, even though he was not ready to play. The thought was that Oden would spend the summer getting in shape with the Cavaliers’ training staff, but he remained unsigned. However, it remains to be seen who the Cavs draft, as that will definitely affect Oden’s decision.

Coming back into the league, Oden would have to sign for less money and going into the situation with the Heat could be beneficial for both parties. There would be no pressure on Oden, but he would still have an opportunity to contribute.


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