Knee injuries have kept former No. 1 overall draft pick Greg Oden out of NBA action for more than 3 1/2 years. (Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
The Miami Heat may be ready to use their new-found luxury tax break to make a run at free-agent center Greg Oden.
Chris Tomasson of FOX Sports Florida reports Heat president Pat Riley has resumed talks with Oden's agent, Mike Conley. The report comes on the same day the Heat announced plans to use their amnesty clause on veteran forward Mike Miller. The Heat reportedly will save $17 million in luxury tax payments by dropping Miller.
The Mavericks, Pelicans and Spurs have also been linked to having interest in Oden, with the Cavaliers dropping out of the chase after signing Andrew Bynum last week.
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Conley reportedly told Tomasson that Oden is very interested in the Heat but will likely take a few weeks to make his decision.
Oden, 25, is making a comeback from multiple knee injuries that have limited him to just 82 games since being selected No. 1 overall by the Trail Blazers in the 2007 NBA Draft. He hasn't played in an NBA game since in more than 3 1/2 years.