Free-agent Greg Oden is interested in signing with the NBA champion Miami Heat. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Coming off back-to-back titles, the Miami Heat are already trying to upgrade the roster for next season.
Free-agent center Greg Oden is interested in signing with the Heat this summer and the feeling is mutual, reports FOX Sports Florida.
Oden's agent Mike Conley said that Oden expects to talk with Heat president Pat Riley when free agency begins July 1. Oden hasn’t played in the NBA since December 2009 due to knee problems, after being drafted No. 1 overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.
"The Heat need some size, that’s not a secret," Conley said. "Whether it’s in a backup role or whatever, he could help them. I know they’re interested in him and he’s interested in them. "The Miami Heat make sense."
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Miami will have a taxpayer mid-level exception starting at $3.183 million to pay a free agent this summer.