The Miami Heat signed Greg Oden at the beginning of the 2013-14 NBA season for one reason: size. The organization saw the potential of a still young, 7-foot-1 center dominating the paint once more, this time in a Heat uniform. These plans didn’t exactly plan out, as Oden has been on a more recovery-based timetable, contributing little to nothing on the court for the Heat this season.
Oden averaged a measly 2.9 PPG, 2.3 RPG, and 0.6 BLKPG on 55 percent shooting from the field this season for the Heat. These numbers are lacking due to the minimal minutes Oden received as he was inconsistent. If the Heat are looking to shore up their frontcourt this offseason, re-signing Oden is not the way to go. Although he offers plenty of size around the rim, his inability to gain consistent footing in terms of endurance is a big red flag.
Oden was brought in to be the “Roy Hibbert” enforcer in the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals, but didn’t see an ounce of court time when the Heat eventually matched up against the Indiana Pacers in the playoffs. The Heat eventually figured out they had no need for the oft-injured center, and Oden eventually was stuck to the deep end of the bench, typically receiving the “inactive player” assignment.
The Heat have to choose durability over potential when it comes to re-signing Oden. Although his age does fit into the Heat’s long-term plans, his inability to stay healthy doesn’t. The Heat will likely pass on offering Oden another contract, but that doesn’t mean he is done playing in the NBA. There are plenty of desperate teams in the league willing to pay top dollar for potential. The Heat just aren’t one of those teams.