At the end of June, Yardbarker.com reported that Oden had already had a two-day visit with the Heat.
The Heat have been linked to Oden for months and the potential connection seems like one that makes too much sense for it not to happen.
They are in dire need of a big man too, as Chris Andersen is the lone player on the team who is a natural fit at center.
The 25-year-old Oden would be a classic low-risk, high-reward addition for the Heat.
They are already the best team in the league, and have proven that even with very limited depth in the frontcourt.
At this point, it's hard to know what Oden can offer a team, but talent and production were never issues for him.
In his final season with the Portland Trail Blazers, Oden averaged 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.
If he could average that number of rebounds and just half that number of points and blocks, he could be a key cog for the Heat.
It’s impossible to know if Oden will be able to finally stay healthy this time around, but on the off-chance that he does, the team that signs him could have, at the very least, a capable backup center.
If he gives the Heat the post presence they’ve sorely lacked, the team's road to the Finals could be even easier than in year's past.
A chance to play for the defending champs should be too much for Oden to pass up, and what better way to resurrect a career than to compete for a championship right away?
If Oden can come in and be a force on the inside, there will be no stopping the Heat’s quest for a third straight title.
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