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Report: Heat re-open talks with Greg Oden’s agent

Greg Oden

Former Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden watches from the crowd during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

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If you want to know why the Heat amnestied Mike Miller and his $6.2 million salary, this could be a key piece of the puzzle.

The Miami Heat have re-opened talks to sign Greg Oden, reports Chris Tomasson of FoxSportsFlorida. The Heat have their taxpayers mid-level of $3.2 million, but being way over the luxury tax line ($87 million in salary before letting go of Miller) that would have been an expensive addition.

Now it’s more pitiable, but don’t expect a quick decision.

Oden is meeting with the New Orleans Pelicans this week, as they pitch him he chance to try and come back outside the spotlight that follows the two-time defending champions around.

The San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks also are both in the mix.

But if the Heat are serious and make a fair offer it would be hard for Oden to turn down. Miami offers a chance to win, a defined role (10-minutes a night off the bench) and all the other attractions of South Beach.