NBA: Former Ohio State star Greg Oden signs with Heat
Greg Oden has taken his physical, done a bit of house hunting in south Florida and signed on the dotted line.
Nearly four years after he last played, the 7-footer from Ohio State is officially back in the NBA.
The former No. 1 overall pick signed his contract with the Miami Heat yesterday. Oden announced late last week that he was accepting Miami’s offer, one that will pay him about $1 million this coming season and includes a $1.1 million player option for the 2014-15 season.
“I am very excited and happy to be here,” Oden said. “I’m thankful to the Miami Heat organization for bringing me in, and I’m ready to get to work.”
Heat president Pat Riley said that the team will take a cautious approach with Oden, who has been through the cartilage-repair procedure known as microfracture surgery three times.