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Blazers president Miller wants to keep Oden

Posted on: November 18, 2010 8:32 pm
Posted by Royce Young

A lot of things were affected by Greg Oden's surgery that will end his season. Not only his career and the Blazers' season, but also his financial situation. As one of the many from the draft class of 2007 that didn't receive an extension, Oden was looking at just becoming a restricted free agent.

That's somewhat unique for a No. 1 overall pick, but as a player that's dealt with injuries, it really was going to be an opportunity for Oden to possibly show people how much he's worth.

But with the surgery, it really put all that in jeopardy. With so much uncertainty surrounding Oden, it led many to wonder if the Blazers would even extend a qualifying offer to Oden to make him a restricted free agent. But Trail Blazer president Larry Miller says that he would like to.
“If Greg Oden plays up to his potential he is worth that,” Miller said of the $8.8 million qualifying offer. “We will see where (rehabilitation) things are at that level. But at this point, I don’t see us not giving the offer if Greg is doing the things we need to see him doing to get back on the court.

That’s how I feel. If he is doing those things, we want to keep Greg around. I don’t feel like I’m ready to give up on Greg Oden. I don’t think anybody in our organization is ready.”
In order for Oden to even become a restricted free agent, the Blazers must extend him an $8.8 million qualifying offer. Essentially that means that if nobody offers Oden a contract, he will automatically accept the $8.8 million deal. But if the Blazers don't extend that qualifying offer, Oden is unrestricted.

It's a pretty bold statement to make, but it really shows the faith the Blazer organization has in Oden. They want the opportunity to keep him and they aren't giving up on him. And why would they? Yes, Oden has had some insanely difficult years, but he's just 22 and can absolutely recover and still have a productive NBA career.
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Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2010 1:01 pm

Blazers president Miller wants to keep Oden

You can't draft a 45 year old rookie and expect him not to get injured.  :)
All jokes aside he seems like a good young man and I hope things turn out well for him.

Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2010 12:12 pm

Blazers president Miller wants to keep Oden

Hey if the Miller said he wants to keep Greg that should push him to stay healthy and strong. It is good news for him. He has a chance to live up to the contract and player with his teammates. Good move by Miller because he wants to invest in Oden for the future. It is just like Yao Ming and Houston. They are taking the risk because Yao can help the team. Not saying Greg is on Yao's level but he could be with time.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 12:08 pm

Blazers president Miller wants to keep Oden

To Oden's credit he is still taking college courses at the Ohio State University.  Oden is a superb example of doing all the right things but that might not be enough.  The Blazers are investing a lot of money in Mr. Oden and it might be time for them to put him on a very strict rehabilitation schedule.  After all they are paying him a lot of money and if he wants to stay with the team he needs to be more committed to rehabilitating his body since its his body that needs to perform. 

As a  player he has a tremendous upside if he can get healthy.  Oden is a defensive anchor.  When healthy he can be counted for for 2-4 blocks per game along with changing shots down low.  Remember this is a guy who dominated NBA studs Joakim Noah and Al Horfod in the same game during the championship game in college.  The Blazers need him healthy as he can be a major piece to a championship in Portland. 

Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2010 11:14 am

Blazers president Miller wants to keep Oden

The contract is cheap for what they will get if Oden returns healthy, and stays that way.  Character is not an issue here.  Oden has long been a hard worker, and I think that is why the Blazers understand this is not the time to throw in the towel.  They are going to prescribe a regimen and know ht will do what he has to, to fill it. 

If the Blazers were to let him go, he would get picked up in a second by another team, largely due to the same reasoning as above.  He is 22, still has tremendous potential, and no lack of work ethic.  They absolutely do not want him to move on to another team at this early stage in his career, to demonstrate what a lack of patience can cost. 

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2010 10:44 am

Blazers president Miller wants to keep Oden

I'm a Blazers fan and have had to put up with this since the draft. I had hope that drafting him was the right choice, especially with him and Aldridge. Durant was not necessary. Looking back, it is a very bad move. He's had plenty of chances. He's managed 82 games in 4 years now and in those 82 games, he was ok, but not #1 pick quality. 20 mpg with about 9 points and 7 rebounds a game or so... not very impressive at all. He may have talent, but as long as he keeps getting injured, you can be the best basketball player in the world, but if you play 1 out of every 4 games, you are a bust. End of story.

Since: Nov 19, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2010 10:30 am

Blazers president Miller wants to keep Oden

Sure are a lot of no-talent haters on this site. Dude's had knee problems and a long run of bad what. If he can get healthy, he's got quite a bit to offer the Blazers or any NBA team.

Kudos to the Blazers for not giving up on him yet. I think Oden deserves one last chance to get healthy.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 6:03 am

Blazers president Miller wants to keep Oden

I can't believe Portland is considering paying that much money to a 40-year old.

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2010 2:17 am

Blazers president Miller wants to keep Oden

I sincerely hope that Greg Oden can overcome this setback. He seems to be a genuinely nice, humble guy and he does have a great deal of potential - if he can ever get healthy. Understandably the Blazers can't tie up a ton of money in a guy who has yet to do anything on the court, but by all accounts, the young man has worked hard and there are no character concerns as far as I am aware of regarding Oden. he's a guy who tries his best but whose body may or may not cooperate. So in the Blazers' shoes, it does make sense to make the qualifying offer - he's cheap at that price and they don't have any long-term contract issues surrounding him while he tries once again to show that he can be a viable NBA player. 

That being said, it is definitely time for the Trail Blazers to start considering the possibility that he wil never be able to contribute as they had hoped. So I would not be surprised to see them start looking for a replacement center in the upcoming drafts. And of course there are the injury concerns surrounding their All-Star guard Brandon Roy - he too has a lot of uncertainty around the state of his knees. So the Blazers have a lot of decisions to make and Oden's condition is only one of the factors.

The Trail Blazers have been absolutely devastated by injuries the past few years. I am not a Blazers fan, but I would like to see that franchise put their injury problems behind them - the fans up there who suffered through the 'Jail Blazers' years deserve a team that is good both on and off the court. I only hope that Roy and Oden prove to be part of the long-term solution going forward - they are both classy young men. Best of luck to Greg Oden and the Blazers - I hope this is the last time they will have to deal with these kinds of issues for a while.

Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2010 2:07 am

Blazers president Miller wants to keep Oden

B U S T!!!!!

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2010 1:51 am

Blazers president Miller wants to keep Oden

He'd get his money twice over if he had stayed in college and let his body/skills develop at a more natural pace.  He was pretty much thrown into the NBA which is much more vigorous than college/high school.  I know a lot of players get into the NBA without a hitch, but a guy of his body shape?  Ehhh, not many.  Dwight Howard is much more muscular and sturdy than Oden.  If he would have stayed, let his body develop, prepare for the NBA in a more natural way, I think he'd be getting injured a lot less. 

But who can say for sure?  Maybe this guy is just glass.

And who else thinks that he has a vitamin defficiency?  He has had a lot of bone injuries.  Probably a Vitamin D thing.

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