Miami Heat rumors have Greg Oden nearly ready to contribute again. The Heat took a chance on Oden during the offseason and that could pay huge dividends if he is finally healthy again. According to a report from Saturday (Oct. 12), it looks like he could soon be ready to play in NBA preseason games.
The report goes on to state that the big man is likely to be cleared for full practice next week, allowing him to take to the court for the first time in four years. The last time he actually played in a game was with the Portland Trail Blazers back in 2009, bringing to an end the hopes that came with him being selected with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft. A lot has been made about the fact that he was selected ahead of Kevin Durant that season.
The 7-foot center is on a one-year contract with the team, meaning there was very little risk for the franchise to take a chance on him. If he can provide around 20 minutes of good defense and size in the low post every night, he could become the steal of the offseason. It's more difficult to weigh his value in fantasy basketball leagues until he has played a little bit in the preseason. He might be a good player to stash on the bench in deeper leagues, though, especially because he could get timely blocks and rebounds.
Stay tuned for more Miami Heat rumors about Greg Oden in the next few weeks, especially as the team prepares to defend its two straight NBA titles.
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