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Windhorst: Miami Heat Interested In Blazers RFA C Greg Oden?

Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reports that the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat are interested in Portland Trail Blazers restricted free agent center Greg Oden... --------------------------- 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. The most the Heat could offer is the bulk of the $5 million mid-level exception. The Blazers maintain matching rights for Oden but sources say [Heat president] Riley still is interested in making the pitch. It is apparently one of a number of options the team is considering. According to sources, they also have been in contact with free-agent centers Nene, Samuel Dalembert and Kwame Brown. --------------------------- The maximum offer Miami could make would be 4 years and $22 million. This courtship is likely dead on arrival given that there would seemingly be no hesitancy to match an offer of that size on Portland's part. This week, Blazers president Larry Miller sounded like he thought Oden would be back in Portland and Oden's representative, Bill Duffy, made similar indications. ed: text updated, bumped to front page
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