For the past two seasons, the Southeast Division has been home to both the NBA champs and the team with the worst record in the league. There's a decent chance that's the case for a third year in a row, as the Heat don't appear to be retreating from the title picture and the Magic continue to value the future over the present. Here's more from Florida and the rest of the Southeast:
- Greg Oden isn't sure his body can withstand his comeback effort, but he is certain he made the right choice in signing with the Heat over a handful of other suitors. Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has more from Oden's conversations with the media today.
- Shams Charania of RealGM.com adds the Clippers to the list of teams that pursued Anthony Tolliver before he agreed today to sign with the Bobcats (Twitter link). Charlotte assistants Stephen Silas and Bob Weiss have worked with Tolliver in the past, and both pushed him for a reunion, as Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida details.
- A.J. Price isn't surprised that the Wizards haven't re-signed him, and believes the more punitive luxury tax in the latest collective bargaining agreement is making it more difficult for him to find NBA work, as he tells J. Michael of CSNWashington.com. Price is open to playing overseas if that's the only option, and according to El Contraataque, FC Barcelona of Spain has interest in him (translation via HoopsHype).