No one knows if Greg Oden will ever play in the NBA again. He hasn’t played since the 2009-2010 season and in a wide ranging Grantland piece he says he has decided to take next season off to rehab. If and when Oden is healthy, a few teams will undoubtedly step up to the plate to take a chance him.
As for Oden’s preference on landing spots, his agent Mike Conley Sr. says that Oden has interest in playing for the Miami Heat.
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?
That is the big question indeed. The Heat need big bodies in the worst way. Oden, if healthy, would certainly fit the bill.
But who knows how the Heat will look in an entire season from now. They may not even need a Greg Oden.