Although a ‘legit consideration,’ Greg Oden should snub San Antonio and Dallas to become a member of the Miami Heat

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There will be plenty of standout trim for Greg Oden to pursue in Miami.

Although the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs remain the frontrunners to sign the gimpy free agent, Greg Oden will give the Dallas Mavericks “legit consideration.”

Fortunately failing to lure velvet purses Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum to Dallas, the Mavericks have chosen to recruit the 25-year-old Oden.

Finishing 41-41 in the Southwest division, Dallas owner Mark Cuban and general manager Donnie Nelson can offer the most money to the first overall pick in the 2007 draft.

Regardless, dismissing finances, Miami is the best city for the 7-foot, 285 pound Oden to relocate to.

Capturing consecutive Larry O’Brien Championship Trophies last month, the mammoth center would provide Miami with essential size and interior defense.

More importantly, on a squad of stars, Oden would face little scrutiny as a member of the Heat.

A recovering alcoholic whose utterly shot knees make him less sturdy than Ozzy Osbourne on Bushmills, the former Buckeye hasn’t competed in the association in 1,314 days.

Averaging 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over 82 games in five injury-plagued seasons as a Portland Trail Blazer, Oden is a powerful force in the paint when physically able.

Unfortunately, the likable giant is healthy as frequently as Lindsay Lohan is sober.

Rather than moving to San Antonio or the “Big D,” Greg Oden should ink a mid-level contract to spark the Heat next winter.

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