After winning consecutive Larry O’Brien Championship Trophies, Miami wants Greg Oden to spark the Heat next winter

Greg Oden is a man worth praying for.

Less than 24 hours after the Miami Heat won consecutive Larry O’Brien Championship Trophies, a representative for Greg Oden claims the organization is interested in signing the free agent.

Determined to comeback for the 2013-14 campaign, the 25-year-old Oden is expected to meet with Miami team president Pat Riley in early July to discuss a mid-level contract.

A former Buckeye taken atop the 2007 draft, the 7-foot, 285 pound Oden played a mere 82 games as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers over the course of five injury-plagued seasons.

Last undergoing the knife in February 2012, Oden showed flashes of brilliance and averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks before getting waived by Portland in March 2012.

Despite having not competed in the association in 1,294 days, the mammoth center would provide the Heat with essential size and interior defense.

A recovering alcoholic whose utterly shot knees make him as sturdy as Ozzy Osbourne on bourbon, Oden is a powerful force in the paint when healthy.

Likable, marketable and outgoing, it would be inspiring to see Greg Oden spark the Heat next winter.

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