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The 2-time defending NBA Champions have agreed to a deal with former #1 overall pick Greg Oden. The Heat agree to a minimum of 2-years with a player option in the 2nd year. Heat President Pat Riley has been actively recruiting Oden to Miami since before the end of last season. Oden hasn’t played a game in three years, and has only played 82 games in six years. The Heat made their offer very clear when they stated he would not be expected to come in and contribute right away. Oden made his decision to join the Heat based on that part of the offer. Miami supplies a stable structure, winning environment, and will allow Oden the time to get himself prepared for the rigors of the NBA. The Heat will need a structured and methodical plan in place to keep Oden on their bench and out of the hospital. They will look to bring him along slowly in their system and develop him into a strong defensive presence. During his brief stint in Portland, Oden averaged 11.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game for the Trail Blazers. The major concern surrounding his play on the court was his demonstrative way of defending his opponents. Oden fouled his opposition four times in 23 minutes of game action, an alarming rate for any player. Since the Heat will have most of their championship team returning, there is no pressure for Oden. He gets the job, the contract, and the care he needs to rehabilitate himself into game-ready shape. Along with the care he will need off the court, the Heat coaching staff will also have to teach him to play smarter basketball. The fouls Oden racked up during his time in Portland could physically take a toll on him if he continues the same trend in Miami. At 25, Oden has already had three separate microfracture surgeries and enough set-backs to plague him for the past four years. Miami gets an added presence inside, and Oden gets to move to South Beach. That doesn’t sound like such a bad deal to me. The Heat will really be the ones smiling if they can get some sort of production out of their investment. When will he actually hit the floor is what I would like to know. I would like to be reassured there is a goal set in place and Miami is not just blindly throwing money at him. Only time will tell if this experiment will really benefit the Heat, but at least Oden gets another chance at his dream.

Greg Oden to sign with Heat

Former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden has chosen to sign with the Miami Heat. Oden has not played in the NBA the past three seasons.

Report: Greg Oden returning to NBA with the Miami Heat

According to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, chronically injured and former #1 overall draft pick of the Portland Trailblazers, Greg Oden, who has not played a single minute of professional basketball since December 5, 2009, opted to sign with the Miami Heat on Friday. Greg Oden will sign with Miami Heat, source told ESPN. Two-year with player option for second year. — Jeff...

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Greg Oden was drafted with the number one overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers, but never got a chance to make an impact on the NBA level due to injuries. SInce being drafted 6 years ago, Oden has only played in 82 career games, and hasn’t played a game in the NBA in the past three seasons. Oden purposely sat out this past season to make sure that he...

Miami Heat add Greg Oden in free agency

Multiple reports on Friday night confirmed that the Miami Heat have signed the oft-injured Greg Oden to a two-year deal. Year two of the contract is a player option. Oden, who was drafted No. 1 overall in 2007 by the Portland Trailblazers, never developed into the dominant center many believed he would be in the NBA. Towering at seven feet, the Ohio State product has suffered through...

The Oden Comeback, Heading To South Beach

The most accurate description of Greg Oden's career in the Association at this juncture, may be best summed up by the "Grateful Dead," when they sang years ago "What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been." Selected with the first pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers the center spent most of his time with the franchise on the sidelines as...

Greg Oden Agrees to Two-Year Deal With Miami Heat, Former No. 1 Pick Hasn’t Played in NBA Game Since 2010

Greg Oden has played fewer minutes in his six-year career than Anthony Davis did in his rookie season with the New Orleans Pelicans, but that didn’t stop the Pelicans and many other teams from offering Oden a multi-year contract. After drawing much interest from the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and Pelicans, Oden ultimately decided to agree to a two-year contact...

Greg Oden to join Miami Heat, sign two-year deal

Ballertainment Center Greg Oden gets chance to revive career with the Miami Heat Greg Oden has not seen action on the court since 2009, but that did not deter Pat Riley from giving him a shot in Miami. Friday, the seven-foot center decided to join the Miami Heat, the defending NBA champions, in a quest to continue a career that barely got started after he was drafted as the first...

Greg Oden convinced to join Miami Heat by Erik Spoelstra over dinner at Chillis

As promised, Miami Heat big Greg Oden announced his decision on Friday regarding his next stop. There were no surprises up his sleeve. Oden’s agent Mike Conley Sr. told Fox Sports that Erik Spoelstra’s sales pitch over mid-grade grub got it done. Please click here to read this story. The post Greg Oden convinced to join Miami Heat by Erik Spoelstra over dinner at Chillis...

Greg Oden to begin NBA comeback with Heat

Greg Oden will reemerge in the NBA with the Miami Heat. The No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft who has been out of the league since a Dec. 5 2009 appearance with the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday agreed to terms to begin his comeback with the two-time defending NBA champions. Oden will sign a two-year contract with the Heat at the NBA minimum at $1 million for 2013-14 and $1.1...

Report: Greg Oden Agrees To Sign With

According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN, free agent center, Greg Oden, has agreed to a 2-year deal with the Miami Heat – including a player option for the second year. 2007′s No. 1 overall draft pick last played in the NBA in 2009-10 for the Portland Trail Blazers where he averaged 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 21 games. His NBA career stalled in 2010 when the Blazers...

Report: Greg Oden Agrees To 2-Year Deal With Heat

According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN, free agent center, Greg Oden, has agreed to a 2-year minimum deal with the Miami Heat – including a player option for the second year. 2007′s No. 1 overall draft pick last played in the NBA in 2009-10 for the Portland Trail Blazers where he averaged 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 21 games. His NBA career stalled in 2010 when the...

Greg Oden Lured to Miami Heat After Dinner at Chili’s With Erik Spoelstra

Of all the sad parts about Greg Oden‘s struggles to get onto the court in the last six years — and there are a ton of them — one of the saddest is that more fans have not gotten the chance to learn more about one of sports’ more unique individuals. In the run-up to the 2007 draft, when Oden was widely and rightfully expected to be the No. 1 overall pick, the Ohio State center...

Greg Oden to sign with Heat

Greg Oden has not played an NBA game in three years but the former No. 1 pick will join the Miami Heat. Oden, 25, will have a deal with the Heat which is for a minimum of two years with a player option in the second year according to ESPN. Heat president Pat Riley began recruiting Oden before the 2012-13 season ended. It probably did not hurt the Heat’s chances to sign him considering...

Greg Oden Will Make His Decision Friday: Why Sam Bowie Should Actually Give Him Hope

You know the free agent pool has dried up when injury plagued center Greg Oden is the biggest prize left. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Greg Oden will make his decision on Friday and that the Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, and Miami Heat are the teams in the mix to land him. image from: probasketballtalk...
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