It was originally reported that Greg Oden’s deal with the Miami Heat would be a two-year deal with a player option for the second year. However, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Heat and Oden (and his agent Mike Conley Jr.) decided he would sign a one-year deal.
“Conley said that helps Oden (because of a league ruling involving injury contingency language in his contract) and helps the Heat because Miami would not be burdened with his contract in 2014-15 — and potentially $3 million in luxury tax payments — if he suffers another major injury this season.”
This is probably the better move for both sides. If it works out in Miami, you would think Oden would happily resign in with the Heat, and potentially for more money.