According to Greg Oden’s agent, Mike Conley, Sr., Oden will sign with the Miami Heat. Both parties agreed to $1.03 million for the 2013-2014 season and $1.14 million in 2014-2015 should he pick up that option.
He will report to Miami today (Monday) and officially sign the contract.
Oden decided on the Heat because he feels that it is the “best place” and “best fit” for him at this time. Other teams that were recruiting him include San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks.
He has not played in an NBA game since Dec. 5, 2009 after fracturing his kneecap.
When he will actually begin to play is still unknown, but Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra made it clear that they will work with him and help him get back in shape.
On Friday night, Oden told ESPN’s Grantland that Coach Spoelstra made him feel like “they know what’s best for [him].”
Other that Spoelstra and Pat Riley, LeBron James helped out in recruiting Oden, exchanging text messages with him about coming to South Beach. Point guard Mario Chalmers, who has known Oden for a while, is also optimistic about having him on the team.
“I think a seven-footer can help any team,” he said. “They’re hard to find. I’ve known Greg [Oden] since our high school days, talked to him a couple of times about this and you just hope for the best.”
Although it was a tough decision for Oden, Miami seemed to have always been the frontrunner and left more of an impression in his mind. One of the main selling points for him is Miami’s successful past few years.
“He wants to win championships,” Conley said.
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