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Heat Rumors: Miami Does Right Thing by Stepping out of Greg Oden Sweepstakes

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 01: Greg Oden #52 of the Portland Trail Blazers watches from the bench as his teammates take on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on November 1, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Trail Blazers 110-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IFebruary 12, 2013

The Miami Heat don't need to commit any long-term cash into the great hollow hope that is Greg Oden. So it should come as a relief to Heat fans when they see this tweet by Fox Sports' Sam Amico: 

Let's just get this out of the way first: I'm rooting for Oden. I imagine most people are. It is always frustrating to see someone as talented as Oden have his skills sit idle because his body won't cooperate. 

Oden was taken with the first overall selection in 2007. He has played in just 62 games in his career. His knees have been his worst enemy. 

To his credit, after countless surgeries and numerous setbacks, Oden is trying to make it back in the league, and there is little doubt he could still contribute if he could stay healthy. 

At what level is anyone's guess. That depends on how well his knees allow him to move. However, even if he is nearly a statue, the 7' center will still be able to grab some boards and block some shots. 

The Heat are definitely in need of that. This team is last in the NBA in rebounding. 

However, there is a good chance that they were priced out of the pursuit. Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reported the Cleveland Cavaliers were "expected" to make a two-year offer with a player option on a third year to Oden. 

The last thing the Heat need, with so much salary being wrapped in three players, is someone on the roster who is eating up salary-cap space and is more likely to be on the injured reserve than the hardwood.

The following move, tweeted by the Heat, makes much more sense. 

Anderson is 34, and he has been out of basketball for a year. Obviously, he doesn't come with the same upside as 25-year-old Oden, but the Heat don't need to gamble on upside. 

This team needs pieces, not stars. With some reliable rebounding and interior defense, the Heat will be nearly unbeatable.

There is no reason to roll the dice on a player like Greg Oden. 

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