Lebron James Lobbying for Greg Oden to Miami Heat? Mavericks, Spurs, Pelicans & Kings Interested in Big Man as Well
Greg Oden has had about the worst health that a professional athlete could have. He is a very large, strong man that his legs/knees can't ever seem to hold stable for a long time before buckling.
However, Oden has never quit. Each heart wrenching injury that he faces, he keeps trying to make a comeback. He should be just now entering the prime of his career, but the league almost views him like a 40 year old who could get injured at any moment.
Even after all he has been through though, teams are still interested in him because he shows the fight and determination to still have a future in the NBA.
The Miami Heat coming off their back to back championships were one of the first to pursue Oden as they are always looking to improve their lack of inside presence and really need a big man to clog the paint, even if it is just on the defensive side. Oden, when healthy, has always been known as a great shot blocker. If Oden can stay healthy, he could be a perfect fit for that.
Chris Bosh had a poor season and post season statistically and could be on the way out while he still has some trade value left. He can play at the 5 position but is not very strong and it isn't his natural position. Mike Miller was recently amnestied from the Heat to clear up more cap space for the upcoming season. This seems like a smart move, but Miller always came up big in the Finals when the Heat needed him the most, they will miss that.
Just like Riley brought in Ray Allen last year, he will probably tweak the offensive players around this summer too, but we will see.
Other teams interested in Oden's services for the 2013-14 NBA season are the Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings.
Oden's last professional game was against the Houston Rockets on Dec. 5, 2009. He was in the game for only four minutes and when he went down with a complete fracture to his patella in his left knee, it was so bad that he had to be taken off the floor on a stretcher.
Greg Oden was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers. The Blazers took the sure thing size of Oden over the skinny shooter from Texas, Kevin Durant. Might not look like such a good move in hindsight, but not many questioned it at the time.
If you are a Heat fan, would you like the team taking a risk on Greg Oden for next season?
Basketball fans would love to see Oden be able to come back and play a full season healthy and see what he could do.