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Report: Greg Oden to sign with Miami Heat

Aug 2, 2013, 9:07 PM EDT

Greg Oden

Greg Oden will be taking his talents to South Beach.

The oft-injured center has decided that the Miami Heat are the best fit for his comeback bid and, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the former top-overall pick will sign a two-year deal with the team. The Heat apparently hedged their bets as the deal is worth the veteran’s minimum, but gives Oden the option to opt out next summer if he’s healthy enough to garner a bigger deal.

It was seemingly wise for the Heat to take on such a low risk considering Oden hasn’t played in the NBA since 2009 and has undergone multiple surgeries on both of his knees. If he proves to be healthy, they’ll be getting a steal of the center. If he doesn’t, they’re only out the $1,027,000 veteran’s minimum that he’ll make this season.

Oden will report to Miami on Monday to sign the two-year deal, thereby officially joining the reigning NBA champions and a team that also includes fellow former No. 1 overall pick LeBron James. The 7-foot center will have plenty of other talented players surrounding him as well, as he’ll have the option to work his way into a big man lineup that also includes James, Chris Bosh, Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem, among others.

It was expected that Oden was going to sign with the Heat for quite awhile considering he’s a natural fit as a true big man and could thrive with the rest of their lineup, but some speculated that pressure might get to him considering the scrutiny Miami has been under since the Big Three joined forces. That apparently wasn’t a problem for the big man, however, and now he’ll attempt to show the world that he’s healthy enough for Miami to have a Big Four — or at least a big 5, as in the center position — instead of just the Big Three.

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  1. championmamba - Aug 3, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    this is the ultimate frontrunning team in the history of professional sports…you have a string of frontrunners attracting more frontrunners…..Lebron is the ultimate frontrunner, the league and these sports networks are salivating to try and push him past Michael Jordan…and soup up an entire basketball public in believing the nonsense…..Greg Oden is the latest frontrunner, this team dont’ want to compete for real, they want to frontrun….Miami knew this guy was going to sign with them from jump street, so why is so many people trying to front…they strung this on for months….I knew where this guy was going from jump street, more guys taking shortcuts. Ray Allen tagged on by frontrunning last year, and Mo Williams will be the next guy to frontrun

    they don’t want to pay dues, they don’t want to go thru the real battles that other legendary players have endured, they want the shortcut.

    This guy has admitted he’s frontrunning because he said “Miami doesn’t need me right now”….what kind of stuff is that…all this frontrunning will do major damage to this once great league because it will cause other superstar players to follow the same path

    Lebron has a career 24 ppg average in the nba finals, scored less than 20 points 3 times in these past finals where Jordan averaged 34.8 in the finals and never scored less than 20 points in the 35 nba final games he played in……

    • antistratfordian - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      “this team dont’ want to compete for real, they want to frontrun”

      Sounds like the Chicago Bulls from 1996-1998.

    • topdawg4ever - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      Kobe, didn’t your doctor tell you to not post on these boards until you’re off the painkillers?

  2. championmamba - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    The Chicago Bulls were not frontrunners by any stretch….Jordan returned back to the team he played for during the first 9 years of his career…Scottie was a mainstay with the team, Kukoc was drafted by the Bulls in 1990, 3 years before he touched down on an nba court….Ron Harper was signed during the 94-95 season, to played the shooting guard position…Steve Kerr was a role player………and as great as Dennis Rodman was, his role on the Bulls teams were just that, play a distinct role………there was NO collusion involved……..The Miami Heat, the current team was brought together by collusion, and has been amped up by all time marketing for one reason only, to hype up Lebron James as the best ever……but it’s not going to work when the smoke clears because history will show all this frontrunning that took place and that Lebron joined forces with another top 5 player (Wade) and a top 10 player (Bosh) when they formed this “superteam”……

    Lebron and Wade are supposed to be competing against each other in the playoffs, not playing as teammates……why is the sports world shocked this team is winning

    Put Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, and Kevin Mchale on the same squad and watch what happens, they would obliterate everybody in sight and may not lose 5 games for the season….it wouldn’t even be fair..Why even play out that schedule

    but of course, Jordan never took shortcuts, nor did Nique or Mchale…….

    put Jordan at any stage of his career on this team instead of Lebron James and what does anyone think will happen?

    as great as Scottie Pippen was, and he was great, his career scoring average was 16 ppg scorer….

    on this current Heat squad…

    you have a 27 career ppg scorer in Lebron, a 25 ppg scorer in Wade who led the league in scoring during the 2008-2009 season, a 20 ppg scorer in Bosh (averaged 22-11 his years in Toronto), and then you have the all prolific 3 point shooter in Ray Allen who is a career 20 ppg scorer…..like, am I missing something

    now Oden wants to go along for the free ride…..

    • antistratfordian - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      “Players are totally, as our system has evolved, within their rights to talk to each other. Miami did a pretty good job of clearing out cap space and putting together a plan. That is not tampering or collusion that is prohibited.”

      — David Stern

      In short, cry more.

  3. championmamba - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    I can’t believe David Stern’s words are being used to support a position

    Stern and the nba are the people who brought this team forth in an all out attempt to make Lebron James the face of this league and they been trying to do it since he entered the league, heck, when he was playing in high school where guys were saying he was better than Michael JOrdan at 16 years of age..

    now they finally got what they want and I can’t think of a more forced situation, contrived, and pushed

    Lebron, Wade, and Bosh new two years before the fact they were going to join forces, it was all out collusion and those 2 titles they have won I don’t even acknowledge,

    OKC was robbed of the 2012 finals, Kevin Durant outplayed Lebron James when u look at their full statistical breakdown, he would have easily scored 35-36 ppg that series, but the league wouldn’t have it, during that series, Durant was tagged with 20 fouls while Lebron was tagged with on 10 fouls, every time OKC was about to run the table, officials tagged Durant with bogus fouls, forcing him to sit out key stretches of games 2,3, and 4, heck even game 1, and Miami took advantage everytime….

    thanks NBA for selling out this once great league

    you’re losing your genuine fans who know what this sport was all about

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