Apr 14, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace (15) is defended by San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) at the Staples Center. The Lakers defeated the Spurs 91-88. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Oden To Miami, World Peace In New York?


 

ODEN TO MIAMI?

It’s no secret that the Miami Heat and Greg Oden have had mutual interest in each other, but is the road now clear for this pairing to become a reality?

Oden’s agent, Mike Conley, reveled to FOX Sports Florida in June his client’s interest in signing in South Beach. A month has past and not much has changed.

“(He) remains very interested in signing with the Heat this summer”.

It’s expected that at some point during this free agency (if it hasn’t happened yet) that Conley will sit down and talk with Heat president Pat Riley about adding the 7-foot center.

At the moment, Miami still has their Mid Level Exception offer available, which is what Oden should be targeting. But this is the type of low risk move that the Heat thrive in (see the Chris Anderson signing last season).

When it’s all said and done, this could be a great move for both sides down the line. Again, if it happens.

Oden has been absent from the League since December 2009, mostly due to knee troubles.

MWP HEADED BACK HOME?

When the report first surfaced that the Los Angeles Lakers were going to amnesty Metta World Peace, there was speculation that he would retire.

A few days later and it turns out that it was all fluff.

According to Adam Zagoria, Metta World Peace will choose to retire if the Los Angeles Lakers decide to amnesty him.

That’s what his father, Ron Artest Sr., told SNY.tv Tuesday evening, shortly after speaking with his son.

“You know what he told me?” his father said by phone. “He told me, if the Lakers amnesty him he’s going to retire.”

Now it is being reported by Jared Azweling of ESPN New York, that a World Peace and New York Knicks a marriage could be his next move.

World Peace is from Queens, New York and attended La Salle Academy in New York City during his prep years. He then went on to play for St. John’s University during his collegiate career.

Perhaps going back home could ultimately be World Peace’s farewell tour.

Stay tuned.

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