Following his arrest and being charged with battery of his ex-girlfriend, Greg Oden’s days with the Miami Heat look over after just one up-and-down season.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the team will move on and replace Oden. Fortunately for the Heat, plenty of solid options are still available.
The Heat likely will add another veteran center at the minimum to replace Oden, but it has to be someone who’s content with not playing much. (Barring injury or foul trouble, it’s hard to see many minutes available, with Chris Bosh and Chris Andersen sharing virtually all the time at center; and Josh McRoberts, Udonis Haslem, Birdman and occasionally Danny Granger at power forward.)
Among those still available: Elton Brand, Andray Blatche (Heat has avoided him before because of maturity, behavior issues), Charlie Villanueva, Ryan Hollins, Ekpe Udoh, Byron Mullins, Greg Stiesma and Andrew Bynum (who can’t stay healthy).
Oden may have had a chance at returning and sliding into the regular rotation with the Heat this season. With LeBron James gone, Chris Bosh may see more time at power forward, which could open the door for more playing time from more traditional centers in the Heat rotation.
A need still exists for a true center. From that list, Elton Brand, Greg Stiemsma and Ryan Hollins likely fit the best with what the Heat will be looking for.
The Heat currently have 16 players going into training camp. Teams can carry up to 20 over the summer, but just 15 in the regular season.