Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/2/13
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 million on a player option for 2014-15. The terms are a victory of sorts for Heat President Pat Riley who earlier this offseason got backup center Chris "Birdman" Andersen to accept a similar minimal contract. Having undergone the third of three knee microfracture surgeries on Feb. 12 2012 the 7-foot center two weeks ago went through a series of workouts in front of NBA scouts executives and coaches with those non-contact sessions limited to drill work. Coach Erik Spoelstra and scout Chet Kammerer represented the Heat at an Oden workout in Indianapolis with Riley previously having met face to face with the former Ohio State standout. An NBA source told the Sun Sentinel that Oden's formal signing is expected to be completed next week. Oden who was in South Florida during the NBA Finals told ESPN's Grantland blog why he opted for the Heat. "Obviously the chance to play with the best player in the world and compete for a championship was a big selling point" he said. "But more than that what I really liked was how they thought I could really add something to their team. They've won back-to-back championships without me so for them to pursue me as hard as they did meant a lot especially given all that I’ve gone through."
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