Greg Oden Signs With Heat
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 and compete for a championship was a big selling point,” Oden told me. “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.”
The Heat do seem to think that adding Greg Oden greatly ups their chances at winning a title provided he stays healthy. Team scout Tim Hardaway told Fox Sports Florida:
“If we get Greg Oden, I think we will win a third (straight) title.”
Given that the Miami Heat need more big men and were vulnerable inside last season, Hardaway could be right that this move pushes them over the top to win a third straight title. However, given Oden’s injury-plagued career, it is no guarantee that he will stay healthy or be able to play enough minutes to make a difference. In terms of how much of an impact he’ll make, we’ll just have to wait and see.
—Ben Parker: follow me on twitter @nba_lord