Greg Oden Plans To Play Next Year If Heat Don’t Re-Sign Him

greg oden june 2014

Greg Oden’s comeback season this year has been a feel-good story for many NBA fans.

Oden has managed to stay healthy all season and is now in a situation where he can win his first ring with the Miami Heat. However, once this series is over — win or lose — the Heat may decide to pass on offering the former No. 1 overall pick another contract.

According to Oden though, this doesn’t mean the end for his NBA career.

“Yeah, I’m sure I’m playing again next year but honestly I haven’t even gave it much thought,” Oden told on Wednesday. “I’m trying to concentrate on this and getting this ring first and after that, that’s part of the thought process. My body feels good. I can still play. I’ll be alright.”

Oden, 26, averaged around three points and two rebounds per game this season. He only managed to play in 23 games this season, averaging nine minutes a game. He did see some playing time in the postseason, as well as in Game 4 of the Finals at the end.

Not being on the Heat wouldn’t be all that bad for him. He will finally have an offseason to work on his game, since his mobility was in question this year.

Of course, teams will probably wait and see on the seven-footer. If Oden isn’t on the Heat, expect a team to scoop him up around training camp this offseason.