MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Greg Oden told the Miami Heat he will accept their contract offer.
Mike Conley Sr., one of Oden’s agents, said Oden has informed the Heat that he will accept their contract offer, a process that will likely be formally completed early next week.READ MORE: Florida Records Highest One-Day Total Of COVID Cases With 21,000
Oden will sign a contract that will pay him about $1 million this coming season. He will have a player option for the 2014-15 season.
“He just thought that it was the best fit for him, where he’s at and especially for how it relates to him coming back,” Conley said Friday night. “He can be on a winning team and be working his way in slowly.”READ MORE: Hundreds Attend 'Down With The Chains' Rally At Bayfront Park For Freedom For Cuba, Venezuela & Nicaragua
Oden’s decision ends months of suspense that saw several NBA teams line up for a chance to sign the former No. 1 pick whose career has been derailed by a series of knee problems. Conley said Oden was also very interested in learning from Tim Duncan and playing for Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, that he was impressed when he met with Dallas owner Mark Cuban, and that he’s had a close relationship for some time with New Orleans coach Monty Williams.
But in the end, the Heat won out. They had been widely believed to be the front runners to land Oden for some time, and now get to add a 7-footer to a team that’s won the last two NBA championships.
Click here for more about Oden.MORE NEWS: Royal Caribbean Expands COVID Testing Requirements
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)