Greg Oden

Report: Heat re-open talks with Greg Oden’s agent


If you want to know why the Heat amnestied Mike Miller and his $6.2 million salary, this could be a key piece of the puzzle.

The Miami Heat have re-opened talks to sign Greg Oden, reports Chris Tomasson of FoxSportsFlorida. The Heat have their taxpayers mid-level of $3.2 million, but being way over the luxury tax line ($87 million in salary before letting go of Miller) that would have been an expensive addition.

Now it’s more pitiable, but don’t expect a quick decision.

Oden is meeting with the New Orleans Pelicans this week, as they pitch him he chance to try and come back outside the spotlight that follows the two-time defending champions around.

The San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks also are both in the mix.

But if the Heat are serious and make a fair offer it would be hard for Oden to turn down. Miami offers a chance to win, a defined role (10-minutes a night off the bench) and all the other attractions of South Beach.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.