Apr 3, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers former center Greg Oden smiles while watching the Trail Blazers play against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Oden To Sign With Miami Heat

Mar 8, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; NBA free agent Greg Oden (left) smiles while attending the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Oden will make his return with the Miami Heat, according to ESPN.

The deal is for a minimum of two years with a player option in the second year.

According to Grantland.com, it was his trip to Miami during the NBA Finals that won him over and made the Heat the front runner.

Oden previously narrowed his choices down to the Miami Heat and New Orleans Pelicans. The San Antonio Spurs were also strongly considered.

Oden hasn’t played in the league since 2009 because of multiple knee injuries and has been planning his return for quite some time. He invited five teams to watch him work out in Indiana and all reports regarding his rehab seemed positive.

With Chris Bosh, Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem ahead of him, Oden will have plenty of time to get acclimated in Miami as a reserve. The idea with Oden is that he can be, at the least, a good reserve with potential.

Team president Pat Riley, known for his affinity for centers, has taken risks on big men before, such as Eddy Curry and Andersen.

Oden was selected out of Ohio State with the first overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2007 NBA Draft. He averaged 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in 82 games over two seasons.

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