Miami Heat have announced the signing of Greg Oden, who has returned to the NBA after almost four years out of action through injury.
The 25-year-old has been sidelined since December 2009, and since then has suffered numerous problems with his knee.
But after monitoring his situation for the past few months, the reigning NBA champions have decided to take a punt on the American, fending off interest from a number of other clubs.
Miami were reported to have agreed a deal with the star last week, and after completing his physical, Oden signed a contract believed to be worth $1million, much to the delight of the injury hit centre.
"I am very excited and happy to be here. I'm thankful to the Miami Heat organisation for bringing me in and I'm ready to get to work," Oden said.
Oden was selected by the Portland Trailblazers as their first overall pick in 2007, but he was released by the club in March last year, before sitting out last season to concentrate on his rehabilitation.
President of the Heat Pat Riley said the team will take a cautious approach with their new signing, who has undergone micro fracture surgery to repair his damaged knee cartilage three times.
"It's a great challenge for him," said Riley.
"We know all about his past injuries, but we feel that there is a huge upside and the possibility of him helping us.
"We will continue his program and then we will tackle basketball issues after that," he added.
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