Miami Heat, Pat Riley to Sign Greg Oden? / Big Man to Make or Break LeBron Legacy? Chris Bosh Released, Big 3 Split?

Eric Day Jun 30, 2013 02:20 PM EDT

Fresh off two consecutive NBA Championships, the Miami Heat aren't wasting any time this off season preparing the team for a three-peat in 2014. But how does a Miami Heat team coming off back-to-back trophies, with three perrenial all-stars in LeBron James [arguably the best to ever play the game], Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh do to improve going into the new season?

First, let's look to Pat Riley and Heat upper management. The latest rumors surrounding the Heat's offseason indicate Greg Oden is on the radar to be the team's "true" big man. While Bosh usually starts as center for the Heat, it was evident in series' against teams like the Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs, the Heat need a genuine big man presence under the basket.

What's the catch? Oden was the overall 2007 pick out of Ohio State University. Ask the Trail Blazers how effective the injury-plagued big man has been for Portland.

Sure Oden may be an injury-prone lost cause, but he's only 25 years old. If the Heat could get him for cheap and squeeze 20 minutes of key big man play a game, it could be well worth the risk for Riley and company.

But what does signing Greg Oden mean Miami's Big 3? More specifically, what does Oden's acquisition mean for Chris Bosh. Always the weak link for the Heat's Big 3, Bosh is coming off of a terrible 2013 post-season. Sure he had some big moments against the Spurs in Game 6 of the 2013 Finals. Still is it enough for Pat Riley and the Heat box office to justify his superstar contract?

What do you think Pat Riley and the Miami Heat should do? Should the team's management mess with a chemistry that's won the Heat back to back NBA championships?



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