The Miami Heat have re-signed center Chris Andersen. They have until Wednesday to determine if they will use the amnesty clause to release a player. Then the next order of business appears to be going after free-agent center Greg Oden. Oden's agent, Mike Conley Sr., told FOX Sports Florida on Friday he plans soon to resume talks with Heat president Pat Riley, who has been taking care of other business. He said Oden, who hasn't played in an NBA game since December 2009 because of knee injuries, remains very interested in signing with Miami this summer and he believes the Heat want Oden. "Obviously, they've got a need there," Conley said of a center. "It's a situation where they probably can't go out and get a top player (with the money they have), but they can take chance on somebody like Greg and his upside. The exposure (of playing for the Heat) would be good for Greg. He could work his way back into his game. I think Miami is a good situation." Other than being able to offer Oden a minimum deal, the Heat have their taxpayer mid-level exception available that starts at $3.183 million. Conley wouldn't speculate on whether that is what would be required to sign Oden, but he did say it's good the Andersen deal clears up what the Heat could pay. "I think it obviously makes it easier because they know how much money they have available," Conley said of Andersen having signed a deal essentially for the minimum next year of $1.68 million while the Heat didn't use the taxpayer mid-level exception on him. “We haven't been down that road yet but I anticipate we will be shortly." In addition to the Heat, teams in the mix for Oden, 25, include San Antonio, Boston and Charlotte. Conley confirmed Cleveland, once thought to be high on Oden's list, is out of the running after bringing in free-agent center Andrew Bynum.
Greg Oden's agent says talks with Heat to resume soon
Fox Sports Florida | Jul 12