NBA Rumors: How Miami Heat Can Acquire Greg Oden

Amit BatraCorrespondent IIIJuly 16, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Greg Oden #52 of the Portland Trail Blazers looks on against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA game at Oracle Arena on November 20, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The Miami Heat have done some noteworthy work this offseason in acquiring Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis to augment the bench's depth. 

However, Miami still has trouble with the center position.  Yes, they drafted Justin Hamilton out of LSU, but that's a reach.  Joel Anthony can play the position well, but offensively, he isn't much to work with.  He's there primarily for rebounding and blocking/defense. 

The Heat could go small, like in the finals, with their lineup of Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Shane Battier, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.  That could work in the playoffs, but through a season, it will be difficult to ask James to play power forward and Bosh to play the center position.

So, with Marcus Camby officially joining the New York Knicks, the Heat can go after one man who has seen dominance and a bit of fatigue in his career. 

Miami can take a gamble with Greg Oden, a former No. 1 pick.  His agent recently said that he's open to playing this season.  For a man who hasn't played since December of 2009, it's a risk, but indeed a risk worth taking for the veteran's minimum.

Who knows how much he has in the tank.  Perhaps him just giving the Heat a good 10 minutes could be beneficial.  When he's playing at the top of his game, Oden is as dominant as they come. 

The center is interested in Miami, as reported by Fox Sports Florida.  There are the concerns with health after his surgeries, but if Oden is motivated to return, he's worth the risk of the veteran's minimum.

Obviously the biggest factor is how much the former Portland Trail Blazer will be able to give the Heat.  For his career, he's been able to shoot 55 percent from the field when healthy.  He also averaged 8.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. 

An alarming statistic is that over five years, Oden has only appeared in 82 games, which equals just one season overall (if he were to play every game).  However, over that time, Oden averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks a game. 

It's not about the money—the Heat would be getting him for a discount, so to speak.  The Heat could finish their offseason free-agency work with a solid pickup of Greg Oden.  It's worth a shot.