After a long wait over the week, Greg Oden will decide who he will sign with sometime today. According to a report by ESPN, the Miami Heat are the probable favorites to win the services of Oden, and will know by the end of the day if he’s chosen to come to South Beach.
Former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden plans to choose his new team Friday, according to sources close to the situation.
Sources told ESPN.com that Oden, after showing off his skills for several teams over the past few weeks, has not yet ruled out any of the six teams chasing him but is most likely to select his destination from the trio of Miami, San Antonio and Dallas.
New Orleans, Sacramento and Atlanta are the other known suitors for Oden. One source close to the process said Thursday night that the Pelicans are the only team from that group still “in the mix.”
…Miami long has been considered the favorite to land Oden by a number of rival teams because of the championship environment it offers and the fact that Heat president Pat Riley has been personally recruiting Oden since before the end of the 2012-13 regular season. Yet it remains to be seen whether Oden will opt to join a team farther away from the spotlight to lessen the pressure as he makes his return.
The Heat would be gaining a great potential in Oden at the center position. If he’s able to stay healthy, it could give the defending champions even more of an edge coming into the 2013-2014 season. Heat scout and former player Tim Hardaway thinks the signing would make a three-peat a sure thing. He said this in an interview with FOX Sports Florida on Saturday as reported by NBC Sports.
“If we get Greg Oden, I think we will win a third (straight) title,” Heat scout Tim Hardaway said.