Greg Oden to Sign with the Miami Heat

August 3, 2013 at 5:09a    by Jason Priestas    
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Greg Oden will sign with the Miami Heat

Greg Oden is taking his talents – and history of injuries – to South Beach.

Oden, who last played an NBA game in 2009, chose the Heat over San Antonio, Dallas, New Orleans, Sacramento and Atlanta, and will report to the Heat next week.

Referring to Miami, home of the two-time reigning champions, as the "best place" and "best fit" after years of knee troubles, Oden will report to the Heat on Monday and, according to sources close to the process, sign a two-year deal at the league minimum with a player option for Year 2.

Oden spent one year at Ohio State, helping to lead the Buckeyes to the 2007 NCAA championship game behind 15.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. The choice of Miami will present a dilemma of sorts for Ohio State fans that also happen to be Cavs fans – and fans of every other team in the league, for that matter.

While many despise the Heat, you can't help but hope for the best for Oden, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft. In the six years since Oden was drafted, he's appeared in just 82 NBA games.

Do well, Greg. We're pulling for you.


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steensn's picture

Great move on his part. Can't find a better need for a tall man, yet a place he can make a difference without having to be the star. He needs a few years he can contribute without hurting himself. Can't find a better place to do that than Miami.
Looks like James played a huge part in getting him in.

cplunk's picture

Ugh. If he could have a great year and somehow the Heat could go .500 I'd take it. Not sure how that would happen. Ugh. 

NoVA Buckeye's picture

And yet they'd still have a shot at the O'Brien trophy thanks to a weak East Conference. Yuck.

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BlockO's picture

Go Heat!

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FitzBuck's picture

I will now pull for the Heat (that hurt)  Oden is a guy that deserves to have good things happen to him and I respect his efforts to get to this point.  Good luck Greg.

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2014nationalchamps's picture

FK the cHeat. I hate them. Im so pissed Oden signed here instead of ANYWHERE else.

O-H-I-O  for life

Poison nuts's picture

When the Heat became a thing, I was living here in Florida. I rooted for them right from the start, back before the titles, long before Lebron. They are the one single Florida team I really adopted as my own. This is a big deal for me, as I live about 1 1/2 hours from the arena. I'll be going to a lot of games this year & rooting for Mr Oden as loud as I possibly can!!
Edit: Dear DV troll who obviously hates the Heat, it's fine to not like a team, but hitting people with a DV for wishing a Buckeye well?? Pretty creepy bro.

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UrbanCulture's picture

See my account information to see that I predicted this over a year ago

Oakland Buckeye's picture

Seriously 2014...
 

2014nationalchamps's picture

i cant help it. Its like when my favorite OSU players go to the Steelers. Im still feeling the Santonio dagger. I just cant root for them. 

O-H-I-O  for life

SGTBuckeye83's picture

Please don't down vote me. I'm trying to become part of the 11W gathering of gentlemen, but.......... I don't understand why everybody hates LBJ so much still. Yeah it was a dumb way to make an announcement but he is still a son of Ohio. How often does Ohio get to boast that the best player in any sport is a native son. I'm happy for Greg. And I agree no need to feel like he is pressured to produce in Miami.

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

Jack Nicklaus.      Just sayin.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

Buckeyes2014's picture

I hate the NBA, but best of luck to Oden.

GO BUCKEYES!

741's picture

Douchebaggy Heat is instantly slightly more likeable with Greg Oden.

OSUStu's picture

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Poison nuts's picture

Funny as hell! Never saw that before...thanks for posting Stu.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.