Miami Heat interested in center Greg Oden

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Miami Heat are among three teams who are interested in 25-year-old center Greg Oden, according to the Miami Herald.

Injury-riddled Oden has been the subject of major interest from the Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans. All three teams watched the seven-foot centre work out on Tuesday in Indianapolis, and they will continue to monitor his progress.

Oden's career has been hampered with knee injuries and he has not played since December 2009. Oden was chosen as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft, but due to his knee problems he was unable to play many games. 

Miami Heat could potentially offer Oden a contract of $3.2m which is his midlevel exception or $1m which is the lowest sum that is allowed to be paid.

The Heat are only prepared to offer the 25-year-old a contract if he is 'healthy'; however, there are concerns over the player's previous knee problems.

Oden was not able to complete a 'traditional' on-court workout against another player on Tuesday due to him not being cleared for contact.

However, Bill Duffy one of Oden's agents revealed Oden did "a lot of on-court work" during Tuesday's session and also admitted Oden "looked very good".

Another of Oden's agents, Mike Conley Sr, spoke last week and said that The Heat have a good chance of signing Oden, however ruled them out as a clear favourite for the centre.

Oden has played in just 82 NBA games and averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 22.1 minutes per game.


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