Greg Oden was the number one overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft when he was taken by the Portland Trail Blazers. In his time with the Blazers, Oden suffered so much with injuries that he has come to be known as the biggest draft mistake of all-time.
But that hasn't stopped the Miami Heat from wanting to sign him to another new deal after an injury hit 2013 season. Pat Riley took to the air on Thursday and during his press conference he stated that the organization would like to bring Oden back to the fold for the 2014-2015 campaign.
It really is quite an incredible turn of events for a player who must be counting his lucky stars after averaging an incredible 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds a game.
The Heat weren't too sure if Oden would want to sign on with them next season, but after the 26-year old said that he wanted to stay in the league and not retire from his injuries after the season end.
Miami would seem to be the most logical destination for him at the moment. Gone are the days when there were still “superstar” aspirations for Oden as a player, but it should not be ignored that he has been quite good when his health has allowed him to play, and his attitude remains commendable in the face of overwhelming physical adversity.
He doesn't look like he will ever be fit enough to be a starter and would have to be content with a role as bench player.
The Heat have just come off a five game demolition in the Finals at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs. The squad faces real turnover with as many as 14 of the 15 players possibly ending up into free agency.
And following on from their awful displays in the final, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have to take a paycut for the good of the team and just to make sure that LeBron James stays with the side.
Oden himself won't be on much money at all and he can't expect to be so the Heat get a cheap player with plenty of upside for next season.