|Greg Oden Plans To Return, Miami Heat Interested?|
Greg Oden doesn't want to finish his career as the answer to a trvia question, he still believes he has something to offer the game of basketball and is planning a return to professional basketball for the 2013-14 season. One of the teams that's interested? The Miami Heat.
Sources told ESPN.com that multiple teams already have expressed interest in signing Oden before the end of this season to a multiyear deal that would allow him to continue his rehab until he can get back on the court in training camp in the fall.
The Miami Heat are at the front of the line in pursuing Oden, two sources said, and have been keeping tabs as he recovers while also taking classes at Ohio State.
The Heat potentially could have two roster spots available this season, one of which Oden, formerly of the Portland Trailblazers could slide into as he continues to rehab. Team president Pat Riley is known to like gambling on long shots, especially when it comes to big men.
One concern for the Heat, though, is they already are committed to more than $80 million in salaries for next season and likely will have a final payroll coming close to $90 million in a year when the new, more harsh luxury tax kicks in. Oden potentially would be a costly gamble even on a minimum-level contract. The Heat are also currently about $14 million over the luxury-tax line for this season.
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|Last Updated ( Friday, 11 January 2013 01:17 )|