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Free Agency Buzz: 12.4.11: Heat want Oden?

Posted on: December 4, 2011 10:07 am
Edited on: December 4, 2011 10:13 pm
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Posted by Royce Young

Sunday, December 4, 2011

9:58 p.m. ET

6:29 p.m.

2:34 p.m.

10:24 a.m.

  • The Heat are making a run at Greg Oden, according to ESPN.com: "The Heat are considering making a run at restricted free agent Greg Oden, league sources said. Oden, who hasn't played in nearly two years after suffering two different knee injuries, has a key doctor's examination this week when he could be cleared to resume contact practices."

10:06 a.m.

  • Via Yahoo! Sports, the Heat are in hot pursuit of Shane Battier: "Battier has been a primary target in free agency for the Heat, and sources say the pitch of Riley, coach Erik Spoelstra and key Heat players could ultimately confirm Battier’s strong feelings about chasing a championship in Miami." How could the Heat get him? By using the amnesty clause on Mike Miller and freeing up their full mid-level exception. Also of note: The Thunder aren't pursuing Battier as of now, a team many expected to.
  • Also via Yahoo!, the Heat aren't after Samuel Dalembert as of now, mainly because other teams can offer more.
  • Dwight Howard's agent Dan Fegan has yet to talk with Magic general manager Otis Smith, as of Friday evening, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "Smith and Fegan could speak with each other this weekend. And even if they don't, there might not be any immediate reason for concern from the Magic's perspective. Howard and Smith will have the chance to speak Dec. 9, the day training camps are scheduled to open across the league."
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Comments

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:54 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz: 12.4.11: Heat want Oden?

I bet Orlando would listen to a trade involving Bosh and a couple of 1st round picks. Amnesty Miller and they can make it happen. Now if Orlando would go for it to a cross state rival, who knows.
Orlando won't trade Howard for that make them a sub par team, Orlando need Howard




Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz: 12.4.11: Heat want Oden?

Dopper, 

I bet Orlando would listen to a trade involving Bosh and a couple of 1st round picks. Amnesty Miller and they can make it happen. Now if Orlando would go for it to a cross state rival, who knows. 



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 10:55 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz: 12.4.11: Heat want Oden?

Oden to the Heat is not a story. If Oden signed with Miami he would be brought back to Portland on those terms. He knows that which is why his agent is talking mostly with Portland. Greg is also a class act and wants to be in Portland to repay the team's commitment to him.

Sp0eaking of Portland, two free agents have said during the lockout that they want to play in Portland. Jamal Crawford is out of reach $$$. The other player is Carl Landry. Look for Portland to try to sign Landry to ease their 'bigs' shortage. Failing to get Landry, Joel Przybilla would want to come back to P-town (he still has a house there.)



Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2011 8:18 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz: 12.4.11: Heat want Oden?

Why would anybody offer him much of anything at this point? Nothing against him and I would like to see what he could do if healthy, but at this point nobody knows if he will ever be ready to play.



Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2011 7:36 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz: 12.4.11: Heat want Oden?

Did you know that Miami was 2 wins away from a championship? Are they really that much worse than their reputation?



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz: 12.4.11: Heat want Oden?

I love talking trades as much as the next guy bit at least make them realistic. Any GM who pulled thsi off would be fired and the fans in Orlando would go balistic. There are only 5 teams with the goods to trade for Howard and Miami sin't one of them.



Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz: 12.4.11: Heat want Oden?

No one cares if the Miami Heat ever get help in their pursuit to their not five, not fourm not three, not two, not one trophies.  They made their bed now they can lie in it.  You eat up the good majority of our cap with three players, then that is what you get.  Let that be a lessson to Chris Paul before he makes that same mistake.  Actually I hope Miami gets Battier.  He would fit right in as the most over-hyped, non-winning player in the history of basketball. 



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2011 5:05 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz: 12.4.11: Heat want Oden?

Dwight and Hedo for Bosh and Stuff - then Magic Amnesty Arenas and Sign Dalembert

Time for some radical surgery for the Magic and Heat. Dwight is going to take off after this year. His contract is about the same as Chris Bosh's contract but Chris has an extra year before his player option. Heat need Dwight and Magic need value for D-12 but also need to dump Hedo's horrendous contract (and Gilbert's, which is worse). Bosh is an excellent player but Heat need a change - they still will have Haslem. So Magic send Dwight and Hedo to Heat for Bosh, Miller and Joel Anthony. Magic Make Arenas disappear with Amnesty which costs big bucks up front but which saves some luxury tax. Magic sign Dalembert as added centre.




Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz: 12.4.11: Heat want Oden?

gcohdave,

Portland may or may not resign Oden but with what the Heat can offer up moneywise if Oden decodes to accept no way Portland doesn't match it. Portland is taking a wait and see approach. If Oden can stay healthy then I see Portland trying to extend him prior to the season's end.  



Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz: 12.4.11: Heat want Oden?

I don't see this happening. Portland has a lot invested in Oden and want to get some return on that investment.

That being said, I would love to see Greg go to the Heat because then I would get to see him play on TV more often. I think he would be an excellent addition for the Heat in their attempt to put the right role players together with their Big 3. He would give them a strong defensive and rebounding presence to help against those teams who have traditionally been stronger inside.


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