Examining 5 Potential Scenarios for Greg Oden's Miami Heat Comeback

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Examining 5 Potential Scenarios for Greg Oden's Miami Heat Comeback
Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Spo
Are things finally looking up for Greg Oden?

The Miami Heat did not entirely ignore the addition of Greg Oden.

The team's managing partner, Micky Arison, welcomed him with a tweet. 

The team's architect, Pat Riley, inserted a statement in a release.

But there was no pomp, circumstance, press conference or even media conference call. Oden sat down for a brief interview with Heat TV, but otherwise left town without much of a trace.

Which is exactly how the Heat want it.

Oden may be a former No. 1 overall pick, but he's just the 13th-highest-paid player on the Heat roster. 

The organization managed to sign him at such a cheap price ($1 million for the first season, with a $1.1 million option for the second), in part because it promised that he could pace himself. 

Now, back to the Riley statement:

After many months of discussion, evaluations and speaking with Greg, we felt it was the perfect time for him to make his comeback and re-enter the NBA with the Miami Heat. It’s a great challenge for him. 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.

Expect the Heat to continue to downplay expectations; that's prudent. 

But when might that huge upside start to show? What might we see this season?

 

(All quotes for this piece were collected through the course of the author's coverage of the Miami Heat for the Palm Beach Post.) 

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