Greg Oden To Sign With Heat

Source: ESPN

Greg Oden, the former No. 1 overall pick who hasn’t played in an NBA game since 2009, will sign a contract to play for the Miami Heat, the center told

The deal is for a minimum of two years with a player option in the second year, sources told ESPN’s Marc Stein and Jeff Goodman.

Miami had been considered the favorite to land Oden. Heat president Pat Riley has been personally recruiting Oden since before the end of the 2012-13 regular season. And, of course, Miami is coming off winning an NBA title with a lineup that includes LeBron JamesDwyane Wadeand Chris Bosh, among others.

Oden said it was a “big deciding factor” that Heat officials made it clear to him that he “wouldn’t be needed as much early in the season” as he works his way back from more than three years out of the league.

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