The swelling occurred after the former No. 1 overall pick participated in a five-on-five scrimmage and further clouds any timetable for his return to regular season games.
The process for Oden figures to be a long one considering his well-documented troubles with both knees. The Heat training staff will be cautious as they ease him back into on-court action.
Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings will likely miss at least three weeks with a mouth injury that includes an impacted wisdom tooth that caused a hairline fracture of his mandible, according to Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.
The three-week window for a potential return means that Jennings will likely miss the Oct. 30 season opener against the Washington Wizards. It also means that his preseason is effectively over after the former Milwaukee Bucks star played in only game since coming over via sign-and-trade. In that contest, he totaled 15 points and had three assists.
Superstar NBA prospect Andrew Wiggins could already have a $180 million contract from adidas waiting for him once he declares for the draft, despite having yet to play a game with the University of Kansas Jayhawks.
"I'm hearing from people at Kansas that he's got a $180 million offer supposedly coming from Adidas," a source close to Wiggins' inner circle said. "But I also heard that Nike is going to match anything."
Wiggins could earn a long-term contract between $140 and $180 million, potentially for 10 years, for good reason. Companies see him as a player with enough talent to warrant building a brand around, partially due to the influx of social media and the resulting increased exposure it's created.
The NBA has increased in popularity from a global perspective in recent years, further justifying one player's ability to generate revenue. Wiggins has quickly become a walking hype machine, and it's only a matter of time before someone capitalizes on his ability to generate excitement around the game.
When Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke broke his finger on Oct. 12 against the Los Angeles Clippers, a report from the Deseret News stated that his timetable to return was 8-12 weeks. But the Jazz's 2013 lottery pick disputed it:
8-12 weeks is very unreasonable people and idk who made that up. I appreciate the support and prayers but 4-6 weeks is more likely. Thanks— Trey Burke (@Trey_Burke3) October 15, 2013
Broken bones typically take 4-6 weeks to heal, so Burke's timeline makes more sense from a physical standpoint. He is expected to go into surgery on Tuesday, where he will have pins inserted into the finger in order to aid and speed up the healing process. Originally, the team expected him to miss just three weeks.
Despite the confusion, Burke will be out for at least one month and will surrender the starting point guard duties to John Lucas III. Scott Machado and Lester Hudson are expected to fill the backup minutes.
That's because he told Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News that if he didn't make the team's final 15-man roster, he would retire.
Last season Maggette played in 18 games with the Detroit Pistons and turned in career-lows of 5.3 points per game on 35.5 percent shooting from the field.
The Spurs took a flier on the former Duke star but are going to move in another direction, which could mark the end of a strong career that included averages of 16.0 points and 4.9 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game.