The wait for Greg Oden’s decision is finally over, as the former number 1 overall pick has made his decision.
Much like LeBron James in 2010, Oden will be taking his talents to South Beach and joining the Miami Heat. The terms of the deal are not yet known, but given how far the Heat are into the luxury tax, I would predict that it won’t be more than the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million per year.
Oden hasn’t played in a game since 2009, and has dealt with multiple surgeries since then, but after working out in front of a few teams recently, the reports are good. He looked noticeably slimmer, and was quick, too.
For Oden, this could be his opportunity to shed the bust label that is currently on him. He is playing in one of the biggest markets in the league for the defending champions, and if he does well, it will be magnified on a grand scale. He will have the ability to slowly be worked into the rotation, as the Heat have Chris Bosh play center a lot of the time, so they can continue to do that until Oden is ready for extended minutes.
For the Heat, this could be a huge signing if Oden can return to even 80% of his former self. Their weakness has been in the post, as we saw in their series against Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers, and a healthy Oden would change that. Like what was mentioned in the Oden paragraph, the Heat have the luxury to ease him into the lineup until he shows that he is capable of handling big minutes, so his knees wouldn’t be under too much stress immediately. This addition just adds to the team’s hopes of a “3-peat.”
What are your thoughts on the Heat’s signing of Greg Oden? Can he be a difference maker if he stays healthy? Let me know in the comments section below!
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