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Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

Posted on: June 29, 2011 5:19 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2011 8:43 pm
Posted by EOB Staff greg-oden

Update (8:37 p.m.): On Wednesday afternoon, the Portland Trail Blazers confirmed that they have tendered a qualifying offer to Greg Oden.
"We've stood behind Greg Oden every day since he became a Trail Blazer and that continues with today's announcement," said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller . "Despite the setbacks he's experienced, he continues to be resilient in working tirelessly on his rehabilitation. We're all very encouraged with not only his progress, but with his commitment and determination to return to the basketball court."
From Yahoo! Sports:
Portland Trail Blazers officials have told Greg Oden’s representatives they will tender the center an $8.8 million qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Blazers have until midnight ET Thursday to give the qualifying offer.
via Blazers to make qualifying offer to Oden - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.

The move isn't surprising, the Blazers have been rumored to be making this decision for months. It does send a signal, however. In doing so, the Blazers are asserting that Oden does not have enough long term injury questions to justify abandoning him to the market. 

Oden has had microfracture surgery... on each of his knees. Think about that. The most severe knee procedure that players have performed on them, and he's had it on both knees. Amar'e Stoudemire is considered an injury risk because of one microfracture surgery five years ago. Chris Paul is questioned without having had said surgery. And Oden has had it on both knees and broke his patella. 

So yeah, buyer beware there.

If Oden does receive an offer from another team, the Blazers will have seven days to match the offer. Usually, a team will frontload a contract to try and force the player's team to not match. But with Oden, they face the quandary of front-loading a contract for a player who is still recovering from injury, versus backloading a contract for a player with injury issues who may not be able to play, no, scratch that, definitely won't be able to play if he has another severe injury.

The Oden Problem is a tough one to figure out.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:26 am

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

Really a no brainer/no choice in the matter. The verdict is still out on Oden. If he can come back and give them solid minutes he makes the team better. If he coems back and the Blazers don't make the qualifying offer, anyone is free to sign him. If Oden developed into what everyone thought he would be it would just be kicking dirt onto the Blazers at that point. A no win situation. 8 mil is a little steep at this point but worth the risk another year. If Oden is injured again for the majority of the season other than your everyday run of the mill sprained ankle, ect, then its time to cut ties. This is it for Oden. Put out or you're out.

Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:48 am

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

Huh?  Maybe you should watch the Nat'l Championship game again.  He was the best player on the floor (25pts & 12rebs) by far and I believe 6 guys from that game alone have since been 1st round picks.  Need I remind you (here's a shocking revelation, I know) that he was injured the first month or so of his college career.  Granted Durant has proven to be the better player thus far, at the time, Oden was the safest choice at #1.

Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:35 am

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

Should have taken Durrant in the draft.  I was saying that all along.  I watched oden,  I really never thought he was that great in college.  He was big,  bigger than many.  He had length but I thought he was way over rated.  Watching him was like watching Jimmer Fredette in the final 4....everyone talks so highly of him and you just waited and waited to see this great just never came.  Kind of the same for Oden,  but his size got him to where he is,  not his atheletic ability.  I just never thought he was that great.  He seemed slow to me,  he seemed lathargic most times.  I called it many times,  I figured he'd be a bust, i just never knew he would be injured the whole time. 

I said the same about BJ Raji with the Packers though, I figured he's be a bust also.  He held out of big money and came to camp late....i figured we had the next Tony Manderich.  He proved me wrong this year,  but I still think Oden is an over paid slug.  I don't ever seen him doing anything with his career.  the Trail blazers should cut the losses and let him go.  Pay him the 8 mil and let him walk, they'll be better off in the long run. 

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Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:15 am
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Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:04 am

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

Let`s hope Oden`s injuries are behind him.The kid is such a class act.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 6:07 am

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

Hell I would wear a skirt
You do wear a skirt runnin reb.  Most transgenders do.  Oden is 23.  Lots of years left in the tank. He will get healthy and be a beast for us.

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: June 30, 2011 5:25 am

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

Even though Oden is one of the good guys in the NBA, he still doesn't deserve this kind of money and the Blazers shouldn't have to pay him that much either.  All pro athletic contracts should have a guaranteed base salary for the season and then a ton of incentives that can give them the chance to make a ton of money when they produce, because if they produce then more than likely everyone in the organization is going to make more money.

Think about is this way, will take Josh Hamilton for example who made $3,250,000 as an MVP last year.  Now let's give him a incentive laden contract that Texas would have no problem signing and see how much more he would have made.  1 million base salary guaranteed for the season, $500,000 for making the All Star team or 1 million if he makes the All-Star team as a Starter.  1 million if he finishes the season with a .300 batting average and a million dollars more for every .010 he hits over .300.  1 million for hitting between 25-30 hrs, or 2 million for hitting for hitting 30 hrs and $500,000 for each HR over 30 hrs. 5 million for winning AL MVP for the regular season, 5 million for every MVP award he wins in the playoffs and a 5 million bonus if he wins World Series MVP.  These are just the basic incentives you can have in your contract, their can be a lot more for hits, doubles, errors whatever stats that have to do with producing on the field that in the end bring wins to the team and I guarantee the numbers I put down are not out of the question and the Rangers or any team would have no problem signing a contract like that, because it means they are winning and wins bring in fans and fans bring in money.

Lets say Josh Hamilton made 4.5 million last season with playoff bonuses, getting to the World Series, and whatever he got for the awards he won, but if you add up what Hamilton could have made last season with just the incentives that I put out for him, he would have made close to 30 million for the MVP season he had and believe me the Rangers would have gladly paid it, because he took them to the World Series and the Rangers made a shiz load of money for that, and would have made a ton more had they won it.  Incentive laden contracts in my opinion are a win-win for both the player and the team and it not only makes you have to produce, but it makes everyone on the team have to produce, which once again will turn into wins and wins is what it's all about.  To bad this will never happen, because for every Josh Hamilton out there, there is a Manny Ramirez and Allen Iverson who want to get paid big time for what amounts to a below average season or in both their cases not playing at all.  Only in sports does this happen, and it makes no sense, because the sports team owners like any business owners are the ones that take all the risk, not the players or workers.

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 4:25 am

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

8.8 million? Sounds like a good deal for a guy who's played 12 games or so.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 3:53 am

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

The Blazers have to resign him just in case he does stay healthy. It is a no brainer. Sure, the Blazers would much rather have Durant, but 99% of us would have drafted Oden. They did miss on Michael Jordan, but remember they had Clyde Drexler at the time and needed a center.

Since: Apr 11, 2011
Posted on: June 30, 2011 3:24 am

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

                    REALLY????  8.8 Mil???  This guy hasnt showed he can stay healthy and this kids richer then 99% of us on this site. I feel bad bout him gettn hurt and hope he can rebound and have an good NBA career..but that being said, how can a team offer 8.8 mil? i mean, if i call in sic from work for a week i'll be fired!! Even if i get hurt on the job and collect workers comp, its still only gonna be bout 60% of my pay (not even close to wat hes gona get for being  a bust)  I think in sports (all of them) players should be paid on performance, or at least an effort to practice and workout and be role model to the fans.. We watch the sports that pays there salaries. 

  PS- im a boston celtics fan and i know the celts woulda took ODEN first ova durant some years back.. Its easy top say portland messed up by pickn wrong guy but Oden was a force defence and was pretty good down low offensivly with a hurt wrist. I dont think anyoene thoght Durant would be this good....LATA FOLKS!!!!

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