even though bynum has had his share of injuries (no hiding that), he still has a lot of games under his belt, playoff experience, as well as finals experience. he's someone who has proved that he can take over, dominate the paint, & be one of the best centers in the league. with oden, its different because he's only played 82 games in his career & the amount of surgeries done on his knees, plus all the time off (playing his last game in 2009) is all part of the risk. however, with all that being said, IF oden can stay healthy (which again, is the big risk), i think he can do a good enough job for miami with some decent minutes to defend & rebound off the bench, especially when miami has had problems with getting worked by centers. the timing & confidence will need to come back for oden after having this much time away from the court off, but who knows what he's done to work on his game in that time... & the rest could really be beneficial to him & his knees. at the end of the day, miami paid him the vets minimum with a player option for the 2nd year... its not like they're banking on him to resurrect the team
like i said, if he can come off the bench, play some solid minutes, defend & rebound, he will be worth the price miami paid & can help one of their biggest weaknesses. i still think it was a good move on their part because they didn't risk much on him & there is potential for upside.