2013 NBA Free Agency: Miami Heat Have Nothing to Lose on Greg Oden

By Ryan Heckman
Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Winning the NBA championship for the second straight year, boasting three All Stars including the league MVP and retaining the greatest shooter in the history of the league is not too shabby of an outlook on the summer. In fact, the Miami Heat don’t have a lot to worry about at the moment.

During the 48 hours of free agency, the Heat have been rumored to be interested in signing the injury-ridden big man Greg Oden. The former first overall pick in the 2007 draft is available and ready to contribute to an NBA team.

If I’m Miami, why wouldn’t I bring this guy in? He obviously won’t need much convincing coming to a team looking to win their third straight title. The only concern in the entire situation would be how Oden’s knees hold up.

So, sign him to the veteran minimum and plug him into the rotation. If he is able to stay healthy, at only 25 years old still, Oden could turn out to be a solid player.

Wouldn’t this be an incredible sports story? Six years after being drafted and having gone through countless surgeries we finally see this guy pan out. Hey, I’m not a Heat fan by any means but I would be cheering him on.

With Chris Anderson a free agent as well, Oden would be a great addition with minimum risk. If they can bring Anderson back, that would be even better. To have a backup plan in case — God forbid — another injury takes place with Oden would be a good choice.

The Heat are said to be atop the list of suitors along with their opponent in this year’s Finals, the San Antonio SpursTiago Splitter was just re-signed to a pretty big deal, so I am not sure Oden is an enormous need at this point but he would certainly get some run if signed. Stay with us here to find out where he lands. I’m sure there will be an offer on the table soon.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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