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07:17 AM ET 07.29 | In the end, it seems Marcus Camby found a team that showed a little more interest in him than the Miami Heat. The Heat remain committed to going after free-agent center Greg Oden, who is expected to make a decision soon. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra and vice president of player personnel Chet Kammerer observed Oden in a workout last week in his hometown of Indianapolis. "If we get Greg Oden, I think we will win a third (straight) title," Heat scout Tim Hardaway said in an interview with FOX Sports Florida on Saturday. Oden hasn't played in an NBA game since 2009 due to knee injuries. But he has been said to be looking good in his recovery, and San Antonio, Dallas, Sacramento, New Orleans and Atlanta are also interested in signing him.

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July 29, 2013  07:53 AM ET

Didnt they just win TWO in a row without Oden?


So why would signing him make it a lock for a third...

July 29, 2013  08:29 AM ET

Nice! The Chqmpions even went to his hometown to scout him...

July 29, 2013  08:31 AM ET

Tim Hardaway should be fired as a scout

July 29, 2013  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Tim Hardaway should be fired as a scout

In fairness to Tim, he could never construct 2 sentences properly.

I thought Oden didn't want the "pressure" of playing for a contender??

July 29, 2013  09:18 AM ET

The heat want Oden?
I wanna be an actor!
But guess what I gotta work for that right????
If Oden wants a shot at a title then boom he signs with Miami, but if he's scared stupid, then I see him being a freaking pelican!

July 29, 2013  09:22 AM ET

Man, if I could become seven foot tall I'd do it in a heart beat.

Be the best career move ever at that pay...

July 29, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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Man, if I could become seven foot tall I'd do it in a heart beat. Be the best career move ever at that pay...

Yep. Tall Eli earns more than Nice Eli or Drunk Eli, or Most Other Eli's

July 29, 2013  09:30 AM ET

Tall Elli goes up for the dunk.....blocked by the 5'10 Dee*

July 29, 2013  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Tall Elli goes up for the dunk.....blocked by the 5'10 Dee*

Tall Eli gets ejected for pushing down 5'10 Dee after getting blocked at the rim

July 29, 2013  09:55 AM ET

Can You Handle The Heat, Bro?

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July 29, 2013  10:23 AM ET
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Keep in mind, Oden is a former No. 1 pick that is great defensively. That's what Miami needs. If he can play 20 minutes per night, he helps that team immensely.Good gamble by Miami.

I agree they need 15- 20 minutes in the playoffs of a legit big man for defense and rebounding. Brooklyn, Indy, Chicago will manhandle the Heat on the boards. I don't know if the Heat can win another title without one.

July 29, 2013  10:28 AM ET

If Hardaway likes him, that settles it. NOT! Hardaway liked Eddy Curry too. How'd that work out?

July 29, 2013  10:32 AM ET
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Didnt they just win TWO in a row without Oden?So why would signing him make it a lock for a third...

Because their glaring weakness was a big man who can defend, block shots, rebound and score.

Oden can do all of that.

If he is 75% of what he was when he left the NBA, that is a vast improvement over Joel Anthony.

Oden could knock the rust off for a while considering they have the entire season to determine his role and where he would work the best with their current lineups.

They are a favorite already but the gap is closing big time with Indy, Chicago and the Nets all getting much better this off season.

July 29, 2013  10:56 AM ET
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Oden can do all of that if and when he is healthy.

fixed

July 29, 2013  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

"...Indy, Chicago will manhandle the Heat on the boards. I don't know if the Heat can win another title without one."

That's exactly what everyone said last summer after the first championship.

The Heat don't NEED Oden (or any other big, for that matter) to win another one. They NEED their Wade, LBJ and Bosh to be healthy throughout the playoffs. Don't get me wrong, a healthy Oden for 15-20 mins a game would be a welcome addition; but they'd be fine without him.

July 29, 2013  11:00 AM ET
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Because their glaring weakness was a big man who can defend, block shots, rebound and score.Oden can do all of that.If he is 75% of what he was when he left the NBA, that is a vast improvement over Joel Anthony.Oden could knock the rust off for a while considering they have the entire season to determine his role and where he would work the best with their current lineups.They are a favorite already but the gap is closing big time with Indy, Chicago and the Nets all getting much better this off season.

Oden is dead weight. He'll be down before Christmas. 2 years ago they thought Eddy Curry was the answer.

July 29, 2013  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Tall Eli gets ejected for pushing down 5'10 Dee after getting blocked at the rim

Lemme at him, lemme at him!
LOL

July 29, 2013  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Because their glaring weakness was a big man who can defend, block shots, rebound and score.Oden can do all of that.If he is 75% of what he was when he left the NBA, that is a vast improvement over Joel Anthony.Oden could knock the rust off for a while considering they have the entire season to determine his role and where he would work the best with their current lineups.They are a favorite already but the gap is closing big time with Indy, Chicago and the Nets all getting much better this off season.

Glaring weakness but somehow they got to repeat. A broken down Oden will not help. You need a player that will be there in the playoffs. When he gets only 20 minutes a game then he will not be use in the playoffs especially when needed. If they really needed a big body then they should have gone for Dalembert. He gives you size and defense and also w/ less injury...

 
July 29, 2013  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Because their glaring weakness was a big man who can defend, block shots, rebound and score.Oden can do all of that.If he is 75% of what he was when he left the NBA, that is a vast improvement over Joel Anthony.Oden could knock the rust off for a while considering they have the entire season to determine his role and where he would work the best with their current lineups.They are a favorite already but the gap is closing big time with Indy, Chicago and the Nets all getting much better this off season.

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