Greg Oden was a part of the Heat’s active roster on Wednesday, meaning that it was likely he’d see his first action of the regular season on the road against the Wizards.
Oden was a reclamation project for Miami, a long-term gamble the team hoped would pay off by the time the postseason rolled around and they were faced with formidable opponents like Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers.
The Heat inserted Oden in the second quarter in Washington, and he took little time to make his presence felt. He went up over Marcin Gortat to grab an offensive rebound, and had no trouble going back up and finishing with the powerful two-handed slam.
Andrew Bynum remains a consideration for Miami, especially if the Pacers are considering him as a legitimate option. But the Heat would rather that things worked out with Oden, and while it’s only January, it’s not overly-optimistic to praise how he looks in his first regular season action since 2009 when he was with the Blazers.
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.
LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:
Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.