The Miami Heat will go on their perennial pilgrimage for veteran role players at bargain prices. They certainly are connected to some interesting names.
Greg Oden and Sebastian Telfair are two of the players being tossed around in connection with the Heat. It is an interesting pairing.
Both entered the NBA with huge expectations, and both have come up far short of them. To say Oden has been derailed by injuries is an understatement, and Telfair is nothing more than a decent bench player.
Of course, before sorting through any of that, the Heat also have some expiring contracts to deal with from last year's roster.
However, it looks safe to assume that the core will be back. At least if Pat Riley's comments stating as much can be believed.
So, the Heat may not be overly active this offseason, but there is a strong chance that Oden will be heading to South Beach.
The Heat have been connected to the former No. 1 pick for a while a now, and Pat Riley, as the Heat tweeted, recently confirmed their interest.
Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida brings us up to speed:
Greg Oden agent Mike Conley told FOX Sports Florida there's mutual interest between Oden & Heat. Pat Riley confirmed it from Heat end today— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) June 26, 2013
This seems like a move destined to happen...except for one little detail.
We all know the story with Oden. I certainly wouldn't be shocked, albeit saddened, if he is never able to play in a game again.
Who should the Heat go after?
However, if he can, it would be a coup for the Heat.
Even if Oden moves like a slower version of Andre the Giant in the Princess Bride, he would be a nice option off the bench to fill up the lane and grab some boards. This has all been long needed in Miami.
The Heat received an interior boost last season with Chris Andersen, and they definitely want him back, but he's going to be 35 years old next season. Also, he is not the same kind of deterrent to dribble penetration that Oden would be.
I'm not saying the Heat shouldn't re-sign Andersen. They can't rely on Oden for anything. But there is no doubt that Oden has the potential to bring another dimension to the Heat.
Then there is Telfair, and I really don't understand this one.
Sebastian Telfair has received interest from the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder, according to sources.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 1, 2013
Besides, LeBron James handles the ball when it matters most anyway. The Heat need point guards who can drill open threes. Telfair only hit 27 percent of his threes last season.
The Heat should just stay away from Telfair. Oden, on the other hand, would be a quality signing. As long as the Heat pretend he's not part of the roster while they complete it.
No matter what happens, though, the Heat will still have LeBron. Everything else is a bonus after that.