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Where Greg Oden wants to play now.

Greg Oden wants to play for the Miami Heat

By Eric Freeman | Ball Don't Lie – 15 hours ago

Chris Bosh and Greg Oden attend the "Karate Kid" premiere, because duh (Gregg DeGuire/ FilmMagic).

It's not particularly controversial these days to say that Greg Oden's basketball career is in a state of flux, in the sense that no one would be surprised if he never plays again. He has a lot to prove, first and foremost that he can stay healthy. And it's likely that, if any team signs him to a contract this summer, he won't be in their plans as a main part of the rotation. Oden will have to show that he can be a part of those plans.

Oden, for his part, seems to understand his peculiar situation. However, that doesn't mean he's not aiming high. In fact, his agent says he wants to play for the Miami Heat. From Barry Jackson for the Miami Herald (via PBT):

There's a 24-year-old free agent center who's affordable, has impressive career rebounding averages and has interest in playing for the Heat eventually once he recovers from his latest knee surgery, according to his agent. The only problem? It's a very big one: He's not healthy and can't seem to stay healthy.

Greg Oden, 7-0, hasn't played since 2009-10 and is recovering from his fifth knee surgery in five seasons. A Grantland.com story said that "right now" Oden's plan is to take next season off to rehab, then come back in 2013-14. But his agent, Mike Conley Sr., told us Oden is positioned be ready to play in December or January "as far as being effective and in shape" and will explore options in the coming months, with the possibility of joining a team next season. But nobody obviously can know for sure when he will be ready.

The Heat hasn't called but "Greg has talked about Miami," Conley said. "He has interest. He's not retiring." Oden, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft, has played just 82 career games for Portland (which released him in March) and averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.

Whether the Heat takes a flyer on Oden or not — and Miami has nothing to lose, really, if or when they ever deem him healthy - the bigger question is this: With limited financial resources, can Pat Riley significantly upgrade at center during the Big Three era?

If Oden can stay healthy, the Heat would be a great fit: They could use a solid defensive center, and wouldn't be asked to do much more than rebound, protect the rim, and catch passes for dunks and lay-ins. Whether or not he's ready to play is another question, and an agent's estimate of his recovery time is obviously going to be more positive than other takes. But it wouldn't be the worst move for Miami.

What's more notable is that Oden is trying to go to one of the league's best teams rather than broadcasting how much he just wants to have a job. It's typically bad to look too desperate in these situations, but middling free agents also need to know their situations. If Oden isn't willing to settle for anything but the best, he might be met with disappointment in free agency.

That process is a ways off, of course, and for all we know there will be legitimate interest from teams with confidence in their training staffs. For now, though, image matters, and Oden would be well-served by displaying his willingness to adapt to circumstances.


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Hmm... call me a sceptic but

"Greg has talked about Miami," & "He has interest"


doesn't strike me as concrete that he has his mind set on playing for the Heat.
Nor does the picture of him & Bosh together.

More importantly...who's the girl?

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I thought he was taking this

I thought he was taking this next season off to get 100% again?

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Healthy Oden would be amazing for the Heat

Still think he should take his time, though. Conley Sr. is making it seem like that is not going to happen, which I think is more of a business decision than the health and well being of Greg. Still, if the Heat could get Oden in the middle, things could be scary. Worth the risk for the right price, but it seems more like a pipe dream than a reality, especially with Greg's injury situation.

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"I thought he was taking this

"I thought he was taking this next season off to get 100% again?"-McDunkin

He never was 100% from Day 1.

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When healthy, keyword is

When healthy, keyword is *when*, he is a very good shot-blocker, rebounder and defender. Exactly what the Heat would need. Not to mention, he's a legit 7fter and can still be a 11-11 type of guy. He still needs to get healthy, stay in shape, hope to not get re-injured, and still have his skills/athleticism.

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He wants to play for the

He wants to play for the Heat? Why? Is he getting too much respect?

They've already got a guy who came into the league with a lot of hype sitting around doing nothing - Eddy Curry.

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Counting Stars There's a huge

Counting Stars

There's a huge difference between Curry and Oden. Eddy Curry threw away all of his talent, Greg Oden was simply unlucky with injuries.

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I am in no way comparing the

I am in no way comparing the situation of the two, TOL23. Please don't misunderstand. I'm just saying that since it doesn't appear Oden will be healthy any time soon, he would wind up sitting on the bench just like Eddy Curry. If Eddy Curry had 1/5 of the work ethic Oden does, his career might have turned out differently.

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I am in no way comparing the

I am in no way comparing the situation of the two, TOL23. Please don't misunderstand. I'm just saying that since it doesn't appear Oden will be healthy any time soon, he would wind up sitting on the bench just like Eddy Curry. If Eddy Curry had 1/5 of the work ethic Oden does, his career might have turned out differently.

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well i feel bad for his girl

well i feel bad for his girl after seeing his naked photos lol no homo

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I really would like to see

I really would like to see Oden with the Spurs. I think they play just the type of ball where he would be a valuable asset. Dont know how probable it is, but Oden would be great with the Spurs.

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uhh

^^^ ivan better be a chick otherwise what dude would wanna look at them pics?????????????????????????

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