I have always thought that after his days in Portland either the New York Knicks or the Miami Heat would be Greg Oden”s next stop. Both teams have top five offensive talent in Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. Both have big name stars other than LeBron and Carmelo. Oden wouldn”t be asked to do a lot but could easily sway the future of both teams for a long time, if he can stay healthy.
Miami is the obvious best choice. LeBron, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh get all the hype, and press Oden would be a foot note after a week or two. LeBron makes everyone better around him, not that Oden is a bad player, just has the looks and physical make-up of a 45-year-old man. Oden”s defense would be the be all end all to the Miami D. Get past LeBron and have Oden to deal with. Kick it out and LeBron and Wade will be waiting for you. What a nightmare for opposing offenses. The Heat would be an even larger Vegas choice for NBA Champions that no one may take that bet as the payout wouldn”t be worth it.
Oden the former number 1 overall draft pick plans on returning to the game in the 2013-2014 season. He has had a history of injuries and been compared to Sam Bowie and the Trailblazers had MJ nightmares all over again as Kevin Durant, the 2nd pick of that same draft has taken his team to the NBA finals.
Oden had yet another microfracture surgery, his third, this one in his left knee, in February 2012. His last time on the court was Dec. 5, 2009, and he has appeared in just 82 games with the Blazers while suffering from a series of knee injuries. Oden has averaged 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in his time with the Trailblazers.
Miami is over the luxury tax this season by 14 million and signing Oden even to the minimum-level contract would put their payroll around $90 million next season. Not something most owners want to do with a harsh luxury tax that will be implemented next season. Miami has been looking for that defensive big man for a few seasons now. they missed on Tyson Chandler, and also Oden as he sign a $8.9 million one year deal as a restricted free agent last year.
Article by Steve Kish