Found March 06, 2013 on
Fox Sports Florida:
MIAMI The Miami Heat considered center Greg Oden for their final roster spot before last week signing a guy who is 15 years older. But Oden will be back on the Heats radar this summer.
Mike Conley Sr., the agent for Oden, said Wednesday he had discussions with Miami president Pat Riley about the spot the Heat had open between Feb. 20 and last Saturday, when they signed 40-year-old Juwan Howard to a 10-day contract. But Conley Sr. said it was decided it's best to wait until the summer before talking further about Oden, the NBAs top draft choice in 2007 who is trying to make a comeback after not having played in the NBA since December 2009 due to knee injuries.
The Heat are interested in him, and hes interested in them, Conley Sr. said in a phone interview with FOX Sports Florida. In Miamis situation, it just made sense to wait until after the season.
Oden, who is continuing to rehab in Columbus, Ohio, where he had played at Ohio State, isnt ready yet to play this season anyway. Conley Sr. had looked into the possibility of Oden signing with a team for rehab purposes, but he said no team stepped up with an offer.
I would say if I had to put money on it that he wouldnt do anything until this summer, Conley Sr. said. It doesnt make sense now because teams will have a better idea of where they stand financially in the summer and Greg isnt able yet to work out with teams . If a team stepped up with an offer that made it worthwhile (for Oden to sign later this season), that would be great. But well probably hold off until the summer.
Among other teams in the mix for Oden, 25, are Cleveland, San Antonio and Charlotte. The agents son, Memphis point guard Mike Conley Jr., said Oden has mentioned those and Miami as possibilities.
Conley Jr., is best friends with Oden, having been his teammate at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis and at Ohio State, where the two teamed up as freshmen to lead the Buckeyes to a 2007 NCAA runner-up finish to Florida. While Conley Jr. said Oden hasnt singled out just one team for which he definitely wants to play, he said he has spoke of his interest in the Heat.
No doubt, Conley Jr. said. Hes obviously displayed interest in Miami and the team they have and the guys they have. I think any situation would be great for him, but Miami obviously would be great for him to be around a bunch of veteran guys and a winning team.
Conley Jr. said Oden is looking good in his rehab work. He said he visited Oden in Columbus during the Feb. 15-17 All-Star Weekend and Oden rebounded for him during a workout.
Hes excited thinking hell be able to play soon, Conley Jr. said. I think hes where he needs to be. I think hes right on schedule with where he wants to be. His body looks good. Hes starting to do more and taking his rehab seriously.
I think he can be a very good big man in this league. Obviously, his injuries have taken their toll, but he has the desire to be as good as he can be. In this league, you dont just need athleticism if you're a big man. As long as you know to play the game, hes going to have a chance. Hopefully, hell live up to some of those expectations.
Oden was highly touted coming out of Ohio State and being taken by Portland one pick ahead of Kevin Durant. But he played in just 82 of a possible 328 games in his first four years and then was waived by the Trail Blazers midway through last season.
Having five knee operations since entering the NBA has been difficult for Oden. With that in mind, Conley Jr. said he often avoids taking about basketball when he hangs out with his friend.
Being a friend, I try to leave basketball out of it, Conley Jr. said. A lot of the conversation will be about other stuff. I treat him like a normal guy. If he wants to go golf and hit some balls, lets go golf in the offseason and not worry about talking about who hit the game-winning shot in basketball (in a recent game). I try to keep his mind on other stuff because I know it can be hard on him watching and not being able to play.
But Conley Jr. said Oden is very excited now at the belief he will able to return soon. His hopeful return certainly is getting plenty of publicity around the NBA.
Id take more of a chance in giving Greg Oden a deal than Andrew Bynum, TNT analyst Charles Barkley said on the air Tuesday while referring to the injured Bynum having yet to play this season for Philadelphia.
Obviously, thats not going to happen. Oden will command significantly less than Bynum.
The Heat will have the taxpayer mid-level exception available next summer of just more than 3 million. So they should have the ability to sign Oden if it works out.
In the meantime, the Heat will go with Howard, who is a good bet to end up signing for the rest of the season. Howard actually was Odens teammate in Portland in 2009-10 and played in Odens last game, which was Dec. 5, 2009 against Houston.
Chris Tomasson can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @christomasson.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
I have to admit I laughed. This might be the most press the T-Wolves get all year, but I find it funny. The Miami Heat without a shadow of the doubt the Evil Empire of the NBA, that is what makes them so compelling. You know all the teams hate them, but can’t do anything to stop them besides doing Spoof Harlem Shake videos. They should have edited in some JJ Barea and Ray Allen...
DID YOU GET YOURS?
LeBron James and longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson have finally announced a wedding date by sending out "Save the Weekend" announcements.
Two years ago at a school book fair, Tess Mountain got her first Dwyane Wade poster.
She'd been a football fan up to that point, but suddenly, Wade was her guy, and basketball was her sport. After doing some Internet research over the winter, Tess learned that Wade had written a book, A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball, and she asked for it for Christmas...
Either this is the epic cover-up to be all dating disaster cover-ups or the relationship between Savannah Brinson and LeBron James is just fine.
The two have now set a date for the wedding--the weekend of September 13-15 according to the save the date cars the couple recently sent out.
So apparently all the rumors about a possible split were just that--rumors. There...
LeBron James and his Miami Heat teammates made waves when they performed their version of the Harlem Shake. Now, a rival NBA team is saying, “no mas.”
The Minnesota Timberwolves released their answer to Miami’s video on Tuesday, and it’s clear from watching that the Wolves were not as amused with the Heat’s dance moves as Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade and Co. appeared to be.
A day after Savannah revealed the wedding to LeBron James is still on despite rumors, more info about the upcoming nuptials was leaked. A save the date was sent out for the destination wedding which takes place the weekend of September 13th – 15th in sunny San Diego, Ca.
For the naysayers who still had doubt, there’s your proof. San Diego has amazing oceanside resorts...
Nice re-buttle to the Miami Heat's Harlem Shake video. I wasn't going to post this video because I hate fads but I also have the obligation to be fair to every NBA team. If I post for one team, I have to post for all of them. So this is my apology for all the Harlem Shake videos that may surface in the future.
But don't be mad at me, be mad at the teams who make them...
MIAMI (AP) -- LeBron James scored 26 points, including a go-ahead layup with 3.2 seconds left, and the Miami Heat scrambled late to beat the Orlando Magic 97-96 on Wednesday night and extend their franchise-record winning streak to 16 games.
Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and Chris Bosh added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who blew a 20-point, second-half lead and then rallied...
As an 80’s baby I would’ve never pegged the 90’s as a decade that would be known for fashion with the cross colors, hammer pants, and high top fades that were in style back then. Boy was I wrong. All of these trends have come back with a vengeance.
At 28 Lebron James is old enough (although barely) to remember the 90′s hip hop group Kid n Play known for their House Party...
There is a significant contrast that surfaces around this time every year between the NBA and college hoops. To be summed up squarely, the field of championship contenders is much more narrow and refined in the NBA. While the NCAA offers a field of 68 that features three weeks worth of one-and-done games, the NBA playoffs serves us home court advantage in increments of five and seven...
With everyone – myself included – hyping up the Heat’s “Harlem Shake” video, the Minnesota Timberwolves decided to do their own version of it capitalizing off the buzz that the Miami Heat got for theirs. But this isn’t what you were expecting. Check out the this video the Timberwolves showed during Monday night’s match up against the Heat.
Considering the altercation...
The Minnesota Timberwolves created a hysterical video making fun of the Miami Heat’s Harlem Shake video, but unfortunately for them, a Heat fan came back and went at them hard. After the Timberwolves said that the Harlem Shake videos were getting old, the Heat fan took it to another level and said that being in the draft lottery was getting old fast. Nothing like going right...
While their winning streak has reached franchise-record status, the Miami Heat remain focused on the next challenge and not their latest accomplishment.
The Heat can extend their run to 16 games with a 12th consecutive home victory Wednesday night against the lowly Orlando Magic.
Dwyane Wade had 32 points with 10 assists while LeBron James shook off a sore left knee for 20 and...
The Miami Heat's winning streak continues to grow. While the team insists they're focused on the bigger picture, a home matchup with the struggling Philadelphia 76ers seems to pose little threat to the team's red-hot run.
Miami can win its 17th straight game, matching the 12th-longest streak in NBA history and the league's best this season, with a victory over the...
As the LeBron James dunkpocalypse rolled into its second week of coverage, Magic Johnson and his ludicrous $1 million offer to get LBJ in 2014's Slam Dunk Contest takes center stage. Yes, it's insane to be talking about an exhibition contest 11 and a half months away, but thanks to Magic and ESPN here we are.
Monday brought another weird turn as LeBron's dunk contest...