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Free Agency Buzz: 12.4.11: Heat want Oden?

Posted on: December 4, 2011 10:07 am
Edited on: December 4, 2011 10:13 pm

Posted by Royce Young

Sunday, December 4, 2011

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  • The Heat are making a run at Greg Oden, according to "The Heat are considering making a run at restricted free agent Greg Oden, league sources said. Oden, who hasn't played in nearly two years after suffering two different knee injuries, has a key doctor's examination this week when he could be cleared to resume contact practices."

10:06 a.m.

  • Via Yahoo! Sports, the Heat are in hot pursuit of Shane Battier: "Battier has been a primary target in free agency for the Heat, and sources say the pitch of Riley, coach Erik Spoelstra and key Heat players could ultimately confirm Battier’s strong feelings about chasing a championship in Miami." How could the Heat get him? By using the amnesty clause on Mike Miller and freeing up their full mid-level exception. Also of note: The Thunder aren't pursuing Battier as of now, a team many expected to.
  • Also via Yahoo!, the Heat aren't after Samuel Dalembert as of now, mainly because other teams can offer more.
  • Dwight Howard's agent Dan Fegan has yet to talk with Magic general manager Otis Smith, as of Friday evening, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "Smith and Fegan could speak with each other this weekend. And even if they don't, there might not be any immediate reason for concern from the Magic's perspective. Howard and Smith will have the chance to speak Dec. 9, the day training camps are scheduled to open across the league."

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 1:54 pm

Free Agency Buzz: 12.4.11: Heat want Oden?

If Im Oden I stay in Portland and take more money, he may never get healthy and needs to bank as much as possible for the future and if he takes less and flops in Miami its over for him.

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2011 1:50 pm

Free Agency Buzz: 12.4.11: Heat want Battier?

Oden's got an $8.9 million qualifying offer from the TrailBlazers, who also own matching rights to any team that signs him to an offer sheet.  Miami can sign him to the MLE, but with the new CBA a team can only give the full Mid-Level (4 years, starting out at $5 million) if it doesn't take them $4 million over the tax line.  Unless they amnest Mike Miller, the Heat are limited to the $3 million Mid-Level.  While it's not out of the realm of possibility, it would be pretty tough.  Oden would have to turn down the 8.9 million qualifiying offer and take alot less to sign with the Heat.  Oden might do that to play with the LeBron and D-Wade, but then the Blazers might match that offer which would undoubtedly save them cash if Miami is limited to the $3 million mid-level deal.  Two lines down it has the Heat also going after Shane Battier, if Miami throws dough at Oden, how much will be left for Battier, who might get the full mid-level from another team.

Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 1:22 pm
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Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 1:03 pm

Free Agency Buzz: 12.4.11: Heat want Battier?

That is a pretty smart move by Miami. In Miami, Oden would not need to be the dawg. He would be a role player so they could keep his minutes down and let him gradually get back to health. He could give them exactly what they missed last year: a powerful presence at the 5 with both offensive and defensive skills. With his knees he will not be as expensive as other available centres. Risk reward here makes Miami a good match.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:59 pm

Free Agency Buzz: 12.4.11: Heat want Battier?

My Raptor's desperately need a center right now. It could be a very , very long season having to watch them plug PF's at center for what would seem like the 10th year in a row. Bargani needs to play his natural position, they need a guy who can play D, grab some boards. I know a lot of people hate on Andrea, but his offensive is hard to not like. A 7 footer who can hit three's, hit a jumpshot. He averaged 21 PPG, he needs to rebound better though. Jordan would be a huge pick up. Even with Jordan, it could be a long season, but at least it will be a bit less predictable. 

How are the Heat going to pick up Oden? Didn't the Blazers qualify him? I thought he was getting paid like 8 million this season. 

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