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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.
Comments

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:38 pm
 

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

Remember the problems of Bill Walton



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

That's your commander-in-chief, Raiderfanjosh!! You better not let any of your superiors see what you wrote. You'll be brig-bound!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Jun 15, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

I have yet to see what Greg Oden is really capable of in the NBA. I dont see any other team really going out of their way to persue a C who's always injured. In Ohio State the man was A BEAST"...but in the NBA, he hasn't had the oppurtunity to really prove himself.



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:18 pm
 

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

Man, just let that 50 year old w/ glass knees go!! Coulda woulda shoulda picked Durant, eh?  Sam Bowie Jr.




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

THIS IS VERY BAD NEWS!!!!!!!!

I was thinking how good he would look in celtics green!!!!!!!    I COULD SEE K.G. TURNING THIS KID INTO A MAD MAN!!!!!   I feel like 8.8 is 2 much to match (I know it is for the c's)

THIS GUY HAS GAS LEFT IN THE TANK!!!!!!



Since: Jul 6, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 8:33 pm
 

Report: Blazers to offer Oden Qualifying Offer

This is worth the gamble for the Blazers. With the team they had last year they were not a serious contender. But IF Oden can stay healthy and IF he can learn to do a better job of staying out of foul trouble he would be a huge asset to the team. A starting line up of Oden, Aldridge, Wallace, Matthews, and Felton with Roy, Canby and Batum coming off the bench looks like a top contender in the west to me.



Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 8:03 pm
 

Report: Blazers to offer Oden Qualifying Offer

I feel so bad for him because he really is NOT a bad guy.... NOT NOT NOT... I don't feel a damn bit bad about a guy who doesn't even have to work and still gets 8.8 million for doing nothing!!!  Im in the fuc*^ing military and I can bearely afford to feed my family!!!  It's not the players fault though, I must admit, it is partly my fault because I watch and attend... and I love sports... so I can't bitch to much, I will bitch to mr. obama though! that scum bag is cutting us bad!!!  F HIM!



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Report: Blazers to offer Oden Qualifying Offer

this seems like a risk/reward situation that the Blazers are in. the risk is the Blazers offering $8.8M to Oden regardless of his somewhat "fragile" reputation in the NBA so far in his career and as for the reward if Oden can stay healthy, him plus the current team will make the Blazers a possible front-runner in the NBA West along with the Mavericks......Real Talk!Money mouth



Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Report: Blazers to offer Oden Qualifying Offer

So they are going to try to pay him $8.8 million to play 5-10 games. That is quite a deal for him.



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Report: Blazers to offer Oden Qualifying Offer

Blazers managment were not the only fools.  Every other NBA fan/team said Oden was the right pick.  At the time he was the safe pick.  It is easy to look back now and say how stupid they were, but any other team would have taken him as well.  


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