Heat land former No. 1 pick Greg Oden on two-year deal
Oden boasts career averages of 9.4 points (57.7% shooting), 7.3 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in only 22.1 minutes per game over 82 career appearances. Per 36 minutes, those numbers come out to 15.3 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks. Simply put - Oden has been very productive during his time on the floor.
When news broke that Oden was expecting to play in the 2013-14 season, teams took plenty of interest in the 25-year-old. The Heat, Mavericks, Spurs, Pelicans, Kings, and Hawks ended up being the main contenders in the race for Oden, and it was reported earlier this week that Oden's decision would come by the weekend.
The man kept his word, and has announced that he will sign a two-year deal with the Miami Heat.
The move makes sense for both sides, as Oden will have a chance to play limited - though important - minutes in Miami, while also not being heavily relied on. Having a great chance to win a championship certainly didn't deter Oden from choosing the Heat. With his career having already been derailed by injuries, it appears that winning is the most important thing to Oden right now.
As for the Heat, they add a player who could make a nice impact if he stays healthy. Having ranked dead last in rebounding last season, Oden could help the Heat improve their weakest area.
I think it's safe to say that the rest of the league isn't too happy with this signing, as it can only make the defending NBA champions even better. The worst case scenario is that Oden gets hurt and the Heat remain a similar squad to the one that has won two straight championships, while the best case is that Miami finally adds a formidable presence in the paint - it's a low-risk move that can't really go wrong.
Even so, it's nice to see a talented player who was cursed with bad luck finally get himself back in position to make a difference on the basketball court. Part of me will be rooting for Oden, while most of me will be rooting passionately against his team.