The last time Greg Oden played significant minutes in an NBA game he dominated — coincidentally enough — the Heat collecting 13 points 20 rebounds four blocks two assists and a steal in 30 minutes.

That was Dec. 1 2009. Oden played four minutes in a game five nights later — his last NBA appearance until he makes his expected Heat debut this season.

If Oden in meaningful games next season can deliver even half of what he contributed against Miami that night in Portland Ore. the Heat would be thrilled.

But Oden still needs more time to get healthy and that’s fine with the Heat which has no plans to rush him after Miami agreed Friday night to a two-year deal with the 7-foot center.

“I’m not going to sit here and say I’m 100 percent” Oden who has had five knee operations told ESPN late Friday. “I am moving [well] and I am feeling good but I have a lot of work to do. I could be ready to go [for the Oct.29 opener] but it’s still a work in progress. My minutes and amount of playing time [are] going to have to be monitored.”

Oden said he felt comfortable when he spoke to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra at an Indianapolis Chili’s following his workout last week.

“When I had a conversation with Coach Spoelstra and hearing how much he knew about the training stuff that I was already doing it kind of made me feel like they know what’s best for me” he said. “For them to come after me with all the stuff I’ve been going through — for them to think I can still be an important piece of their team — I’m really excited about that. The scrutiny … that’s going to be there with any team I signed with.”