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Greg Oden is now a member of the Miami Heat but the question is will he ever play for them? Oden hasn’t appeared in a NBA game since 2009 and has had numerous failed comeback attempts. Will he fail again? No one knows not even himself which is why he signed with the Heat. Out of all potential suitors Miami was the one team who didn’t really need him, especially early in the season, so he can continue to work out and get himself to 100% healthy before he plays.
He’s not sure yet how soon he’ll be ready to play in actual games, saying that he hopes to lose even more weight after slimming down to his current 275 pounds.
“I could be ready to go but it’s still a work in progress,” Oden said. “My minutes and amount of playing time and all that is going to have to be monitored.”
Oden said it was a “big deciding factor” that Heat officials made it clear to him that he “wouldn’t be needed as much early in the season” as he works his way back from more than three years out of the NBA.
“When I had a conversation with Coach [Erik] Spoelstra and hearing how much he knew about the training stuff that I was already doing, it kind of made me feel like they know what’s best for me,” Oden said.
Oden added: “I’m not going to sit here and say I’m 100 percent. I am moving [well] and I am feeling good, but I have a lot of work to do.” (ESPN)
For a team like the Heat though it’s a low risk, high reward scenario even with the amount of money they’ll have to pay in luxury tax. If Oden can get himself back into NBA shape they’ll have a big body in the middle of their lineup who could surprisingly still reach his potential. One of Oden’s advisers used Grant Hill as an example.
Said BDA Sports’ Bill Duffy, another of Oden’s main advisers: “As he gets his bearings and learns more about his body and his diet and all those things, we’re still hoping that this can be a Grant Hill- or Zydrunas Ilgauskas-type story where [Oden] gets past all the injuries and hopefully has the successful career he was always hoping to have.”(ESPN)
I’m still skeptical of Oden ever playing in an actual NBA game again but who knows, this might be the best situation for him.
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Miami Heat: Greg Oden Signing Grade
Josh Morgan: Hoopstuff Writer…
Contract: 2 years for 2.5 million, with the second year a player option
This signing is a speculative, albeit good one by the Heat. The speculation comes in terms of Oden’s health. Coming off of his third micro-fracture knee surgery, Oden is fragile at best. However, he is only 25 and could still have good years...
A person familiar with the situation says Greg Oden has told the Miami Heat that he will accept their contract offer.
Oden has informed the Heat of his decision and is expected to formally sign in the coming days, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday night because no contract has been signed. It ends months of suspense that saw several NBA teams...
Greg Oden is coming back to the NBA with the Miami Heat.
Mike Conley Sr., one of Oden's agents, said Oden has informed the Heat that he will accept their contract offer, a process that will likely be formally completed early next week.
Oden will sign a contract that will pay him about $1 million this coming season. He will have a player option for the 2014-15 season.
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.
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Greg Oden has decided to sign with the Miami Heat, giving the two-time defending champs an interesting wild card as they look to make it three titles in a row. Oden is a former No. 1 overall pick who can give them the defensive presence in the middle, but the guy has not played in [...]
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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...
Sources close to the situation say the Cleveland Cavaliers were likely Greg Odens first choice. But the Cavs went with Andrew Bynum instead, giving Oden a reason to look elsewhere.
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MIAMI -- Greg Oden is signing with the Miami Heat.
Oden's agent, Mike Conley Sr., told FOX Sports Florida on Friday night that Oden will sign a two-year deal with the Heat for the minimum, with the second year a player option. Oden will make the minimum in his classification of 1.027 million next season and the player option is for 1.145 million in 2014-15.
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The long wait is over: Greg Oden has made his decision to sign a 2 year deal with the Miami Heat. The contract will contain a player option in the second year according to ESPN.com. Oden made his decision public to Grantland.com, telling them why he chose to sign with the Miami Heat:
“Obviously the chance to play with the best player in the world...
Former top overall pick Greg Oden will be joining the Miami Heat next season as he attempts to come back from his debilitating knee injuries that have forced him to the sideline for much of his career and have kept him out of the NBA since 2010.
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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...
The world remains very, very unfair. According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, Greg Oden will sign a two-year contract with the Miami Heat worth the league minimum. The second year is a player option.
The 25-year-old former No. 1 overall pick told ESPN that Miami is the best place for him, since it presumably gives him a chance to snag meaningful minutes and offers the potential...
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...