The Heat, of course, did not disclose the terms of the deal. Riley echoed the same reasoning everyone else, and we on this site, have stated for signing Oden — simple risk-reward judgement with the potential to land a future great player.
“After many months of discussion, evaluations and speaking with Greg, we felt it was a perfect time for him to make his comeback and re-enter the NBA with the Miami Heat,” said Heat President Pat Riley in an announcement. “It’s a great challenge for him. We know all about his past injuries, but we feel that there is a huge upside and the possibility of him helping us, that’s why we took the risk. We will continue his program and then we will tackle basketball issues after that.”
The Oden signing was reported late Friday. The former first overall pick has suffered multiple knee injuries and will play for the first time since 2009. An already talented Heat team gives him an opportunity to take his time in his comeback.
“I am very excited and happy to be here,” said Oden in the announcement. “I’m thankful to the Miami Heat organization for bringing me in and I’m ready to get to work.”