HoopsWorld's Eric Pincus ranks the top six front offices in the NBA. Not surprisingly, the Heat and team president Pat Riley are No. 1 after back-to-back championships. They scored another victory this week, beating out a handful of other suitors for Greg Oden and convincing him to sign for the minimum. They're not content to stop there, as we detail amid the latest from South Beach:
- The Heat remain interested in Sebastian Telfair, sources tell HoopsWorld's Alex Kennedy (Twitter link). A pair of reports bookending July show that Riley and company have been consistently eyeing the veteran point guard, while the Knicks and Thunder have drawn multiple mentions as well.
- Miami has little to lose in its minimum-salary commitment to Oden, opines USA Today's Sean Highkin, writing for the Indianapolis Star.
- Keith Schlosser of Ridiculous Upside wonders whether the Heat will send Oden down to the D-League at some point this season as he works his way back to health. Oden's technically a five-year vet, even though he's played only 82 career games, so he and the player's union would have to consent to the assignment. Still, the Heat would have greater latitude to oversee his rehab stint now that they run the basketball ops of the Sioux Falls Skyforce, as Schlosser points out.