Most of the teams with the best shot at winning an NBA championship next season have their cores intact. That doesn't mean they can't improve. Even the champion Miami Heat have areas of need.
Adding size is something the Heat would love to be better prepared for the charge of the Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls next season.
Here's the latest on how the Heat and other contenders may improve this offseason.
Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs Interested in Greg Oden
Despite the fact that Greg Oden has only played in 82 games since he was drafted No. 1 in 2007, teams are still intrigued by his talent. The 25-year-old is reportedly on the wish list of several teams, per ESPN's Jeff Goodman.
Oden could give the Heat the true center they don't have, or he could play alongside Tim Duncan to form a potentially effective frontcourt.
Oden's contract would almost certainly be an incentive-laden deal based on his ability to stay healthy. If Oden is signed and stays healthy for a contender, he could be one of the biggest stories of the upcoming season.
Sportswriter duties and responsibilities aside, I am personally rooting for Oden to recover and have a productive NBA career.
Dorell Wright Drawing Interest From Contenders
Sharpshooter Dorell Wright is getting looks from teams with an opportunity to make deep playoff runs next season. Marcus J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports tweets:
Interested teams in Sixers free agent forward Dorrell Wright include: OKC, POR, SA, MEM & DAL, source tells Y! Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 3, 2013
The 27-year-old averaged nine points and three rebounds in an almost exclusive reserve role for the Philadelphia 76ers last season. Wright's best attribute is his three-point shooting.
He shot 37 percent from beyond the arc last season and he's a career 36.7 percent shooter from deep. The Spurs could add yet another shooter to their lineup, the Memphis Grizzlies desperately need to improve their perimeter shooting and Oklahoma City needs a scoring sixth man.
Wright would be a sensible option for either team.
Kyle Korver in High Demand
No one will mistake Kyle Korver for an elite all-around player, but as three-point specialists go, he may be the best in the NBA year after year. Last season, he shot 45 percent from beyond the arc, which was second in the NBA.
On the strength of that, Korver is a hot commodity on the free-agent market.
The Brooklyn Nets would love to add him to their bench, but per ESPN's Marc Stein, they may be outbid for the 32-year-old's services.
Several teams, I'm told, pitching Korver financial offers Nets can't match. So fears of rivals who felt BKN had him sewn up proved unfounded— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2013
Stein added this bit of detail to the issue:
Why do Nets now believe they no shot at sharpshooter Kyle Korver? Word is Bucks, for one, offering Korver three-year deal worth $20 million— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2013
While Korver could be a valuable piece to the Nets' or Spurs' puzzle, he isn't worth what the Bucks are willing to pay him. Any contender would be smart to stick to their guns in this negotiation.
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