HoopsHype Greg Oden rumors

August 30, 2013 Updates

"I've signed on the dotted line, put it like that," Oden said. "I've got a contract. As y'all can see this smile, I've got a contract. I'm excited." It wasn't always this way. Oden, who was supposed to be the cornerstone for the Portland Trail Blazers, played his last NBA game game Dec. 5, 2009, when he injured his knee in the first quarter, triggering a series of setbacks. There were eventually four surgeries on both knees, and Oden was waived by Portland in 2012. Oden remembers it all. He just no longer lets it disrupt happiness. "I can't forget it," Oden said. "It happened. The past six years did happen." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

August 19, 2013 Updates

Greg Oden's agent, Mike Conley Jr., said the parties involved changed their mind and decided that Oden would sign a one-year deal with the Heat, without a second-year player option as originally planned. 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. Miami Herald

August 11, 2013 Updates

The Heat return most of their core from last year, recently adding center Greg Oden to keep pace with the improving contenders. James said being patient is the key with Oden, the 2007 No. 1 overall pick who has only played 82 games because a series of knee injuries. His last game was Dec. 5, 2009. "We're not going to put any pressure on him," James said of Oden. "He hasn't played in almost four years. We want him to work his way back into shape. It's going to take him a while to get back into game shape … We don't expect anything out of him except being a professional and showing up for work everyday. Whatever we get from his is extra." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

At a news conference Saturday in Indianapolis, Greg Oden’s physical therapist, Ralph Reiff, said the center is “in full basketball mode” now. “There’s no more rehab. He will be a basketball player on Monday.” Oden, 25, will fly to Miami at 6 a.m. Monday and immediately begin on-court work with the Heat, plus agility drills and more. “My knee’s good,” he said. “I’m able to walk, jump, run. ... It’s been a while. It’s been a long road. ... I got an old body. My body is not going to be what it was when I was 18. When I was 18, I was able to run all day and jump over people. I can’t do that now. It’s just not going to happen. But I’m going to play as hard as I can and I’m going to try to jump over people and I’m going to try to run all day. If my body lets me, I’ll do it.” Miami Herald

August 10, 2013 Updates

"After three years of being out, I'm just going to go out and do what I can," Oden said. "If somehow (my body) says no, then it says no. But for me, I'm not even worried about that. Just go play and not even think about that. "I've signed on the dotted line, put it like that. I've got a contract. As y'all can see this smile, I've got a contract. I'm excited." ESPN.com

Ira Winderman: Greg Oden's therapist said Oden's "go date" all along was Aug. 1. Therapist said it was like he "opened the biggest gift he ever opened." Twitter @IraHeatBeat

Ira Winderman: Greg Oden: "My biggest goal is to be playing basketball again.. . . It's still weird to say I'm a Miami Heat . . . To me it's not real yet." Twitter @IraHeatBeat

Ira Winderman: Oden, on where he stands, "I got an old body. My body is not going to be what I was when I was18." Twitter @IraHeatBeat

August 8, 2013 Updates

With the Heat a day earlier announcing the signing of free-agent center Greg Oden to a two-year contract, Mourning found himself captivated by the possibilities of the 25-year-old injury-plagued center. "Extremely excited, extremely excited," he said by phone, "because I understand the potential that he has." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

August 7, 2013 Updates

Chris Tomasson: Greg Oden will wear No 20 for Heat, his Ohio State number. Wore No 52 for Portland because Trail Blazers had retired No 20 for Maurice Lucas Twitter @christomasson

Greg Oden is signed, sealed and delivered. After Oden passed his team physical earlier this week, the Miami Heat announced Wednesday that the injury-plagued center is now under contract. Oden, who agreed to terms Friday, signed a two-year, $2.1 million contract that pays the veteran minimum of $1 million this season, with a player option for 2014-15. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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