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07:29 AM ET 01.16 | The trade deadline may beckon, but the Celtics can't seem to wait. And so we have a funky little three-team deal involving two legit title contenders -- yeah, I said it again -- and a Boston team that may not be done dealing for the season. ... [Toney Douglas] may not be long for this team, though he's intriguing enough to at least make Miami think about which player they'd miss least -- Douglas or Roger Mason Jr. -- in the event they cut someone to open a roster spot. Mini-prediction: One of those guys, probably Douglas, will go in order to make way for Andrew Bynum. The big fella cleared waivers long ago, the Clippers (another possible Bynum suitor) are on the verge of signing Hedo Turkoglu (BALL), and we've yet to see Greg Oden in a real basketball game. Regardless, this is a no-brainer for Miami.

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January 16, 2014  08:05 AM ET

I think the risks of bringing in Bynum outweigh the benefits. JMO

January 16, 2014  08:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I think the risks of bringing in Bynum outweigh the benefits. JMO

I don't on that team with those vets

But

It just eats at my core that they would allow this malcontent on the team after everyone in the world knows what kind of punk he is

January 16, 2014  08:30 AM ET

I don't believe that the Heat have that much trust or faith in Oden and his knee situation versus Bynum and his knee situation. Bynum, though not in basketball condition can provide more now for Miami than Oden because Oden is more of an unknown risk in terms of his knees than Bynum and his knees. Bynum can play today and with his big body that's all Miami need to clog the paint and make it tough for opposing team bigs to dominate against Miami. One reason that Miami will select Bynum is Indiana.

January 16, 2014  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I don't believe that the Heat have that much trust or faith in Oden and his knee situation versus Bynum and his knee situation. Bynum, though not in basketball condition can provide more now for Miami than Oden because Oden is more of an unknown risk in terms of his knees than Bynum and his knees. Bynum can play today and with his big body that's all Miami need to clog the paint and make it tough for opposing team bigs to dominate against Miami. One reason that Miami will select Bynum is Indiana.

Maybe Oden is the one that will get cut instead of 1 of those 2 guards mentioned. Bynum will help the Heat. He is big and can really play down low even for just 10-20 minutes a game.

January 16, 2014  08:44 AM ET

Man, it sucks staying up all night to watch a depressing game. Great win Mecca.

January 16, 2014  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I don't believe that the Heat have that much trust or faith in Oden and his knee situation versus Bynum and his knee situation. Bynum, though not in basketball condition can provide more now for Miami than Oden because Oden is more of an unknown risk in terms of his knees than Bynum and his knees. Bynum can play today and with his big body that's all Miami need to clog the paint and make it tough for opposing team bigs to dominate against Miami. One reason that Miami will select Bynum is Indiana.

Yeah Miami just needs ~15 MPG from either Bynum or Oden against the Pacers so that Bosh and Birdman don't get worked over in rebounds. It was kind of cool seeing Oden out there playing some minutes

January 16, 2014  08:45 AM ET

Oden actually played for the first time and played well last night.

January 16, 2014  08:46 AM ET

Good news for the Heat...

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MIAMI -- For the first time in more than four years, Miami Heat center Greg Oden played in a regular-season game.

Oden had not suited up since Dec. 5, 2009, against the Houston Rockets, when he injured his left knee in the first quarter. In total, it had been 1,502 days since Oden last played in a game.

But that changed Wednesday night when Oden came off the bench against the Washington Wizards. Wearing No. 20 and with both knees heavily wrapped, Oden entered with 6:03 remaining in the first half and made an immediate impact: He had an offensive rebound, a dunk and a foul in his first 30 seconds.


By halftime, Oden had two dunks, two free throws and a pair of rebounds. The Heat were getting blown out when he stepped on the floor, but he helped trim a 34-point deficit to 21 at halftime.

Oden started the second half -- he said it was to keep him from getting stiff -- and played four more minutes before sitting for good. His final line: eight minutes, six points, two rebounds, 2 for 3 from the field and 2 for 2 from the free throw line in a 114-97 loss.

January 16, 2014  08:47 AM ET

One More Ring For The Road, Bro?

January 16, 2014  08:47 AM ET

Three Rings And You Will Be Out, Bro?

January 16, 2014  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Man, it sucks staying up all night to watch a depressing game. Great win Mecca.

unbelievable comeback.........

January 16, 2014  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

unbelievable comeback.........

Crazy comeback. Mavs lost like that 4 times already this year. The Dookie was hot and also Barnes...

January 16, 2014  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I don't on that team with those vetsButIt just eats at my core that they would allow this malcontent on the team after everyone in the world knows what kind of punk he is

100% correct, if this malcontent would end up on the Heat and win a ring......I would feel sad for humanity on that day

January 16, 2014  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Oden actually played for the first time and played well last night.

Oden is still a monster on the boards. He had one of the best rebound rates of anyone in the league when he played and he came in and did exactly what he used to do. I actually hope he can

January 16, 2014  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Oden is still a monster on the boards. He had one of the best rebound rates of anyone in the league when he played and he came in and did exactly what he used to do. I actually hope he can

Which is why this Bynum to Heat doesn't really compute.

January 16, 2014  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Which is why this Bynum to Heat doesn't really compute.

It does if oden turns into Mr Glass again. They are clearly taking a wait nd see approach.

January 16, 2014  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Oden is still a monster on the boards. He had one of the best rebound rates of anyone in the league when he played and he came in and did exactly what he used to do. I actually hope he can

I figure they are pushing him out there at this point to help make a decision on Bynum. If Oden can play now they will probably skip on Bynum.

January 16, 2014  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

It does if oden turns into Mr Glass again. They are clearly taking a wait nd see approach.

+1

January 16, 2014  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I don't on that team with those vetsButIt just eats at my core that they would allow this malcontent on the team after everyone in the world knows what kind of punk he is

yea man...thats a sucka move if he gets on with Miami and I'm sure his knees will all of a sudden be healthy.

 
January 16, 2014  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Crazy comeback. Mavs lost like that 4 times already this year. The Dookie was hot and also Barnes...

Tough loss. I followed it in the box score. Both teams fought hard. I thought your Mavs had it but they let the Clips come back.

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