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Oden accepts Blazers qualifying offer

Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:58 am
Edited on: December 8, 2011 12:00 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Greg Oden will be staying with the Portland Trail Blazers for at least one more season, his agent told the Oregonian.

Oden will be signing a one-year, $8.9 million qualifying offer with the Blazers that would then make him an unrestricted free agent in 2012. The Blazers made that offer already before the lockout was installed.

There was some thinking that Oden might prefer a fresh start as he's had so many problems in Portland. Some buzz popped up recently about him looking at the Pacers, which are near his hometown.

But he probably wouldn't get anything near the $8.9 million he's getting with the qualifying offer. And he also has the opportunity to play for a bigger deal next season.

Oden has appeared in just 82 games since being taken No. 1 overall by Portland in the 2007 draft. He missed last season after having microfracture surgery in November. And that was after he had a kneecap injury in Dec. of 2009 that forced him to miss the rest of that season. So it's been a while since Oden has been on the basketball court.

Before that injury, Oden was playing pretty well in what was his second season averaging 11.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. Right now, the expectation is that Oden will return to the floor in January.

Waiting until 2012 is probably the wise thing for Oden to do. The $8.9 million is more than he'd likely get in free agency -- especially from the Heat -- and he could use 55 or so games to prove his health this season. If Oden can finally get back to full strength and play as the enforcer he did for that small part of 2009, he could be a player that would require a decent payday.

But as it's been since he was drafted with the top pick in 2007, Oden has to be healthy. Unless that happens, the $8.9 million this season might be the biggest check he'll see for the rest of his career.

Since: Apr 25, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:02 pm

Oden accepts Blazers qualifying offer

Only in professional sports in the U.S. can someone never actually do anything, hopefully return sometime in the future, and still be seen as a "good gamble" who deserves to get paid millions and millions of dollars. As Michael Douglas put it in Falling Down "God Bless the Working Man!!" Unfreakinbelievable.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:49 pm

Oden accepts Blazers qualifying offer

I like that Oden is willing to gamble on himself this year. How is $8.8 million a gamble? Because there is likely to be teams out there who would still offer the mid-level for Oden over 4 years. That amounts to about $20M. Oden does not want that. He has already said he likes Portland. He appears to have been well supported by the fans and the team during his multiple injuries. If he plays well this year, without another major injury (and note that he is bound to have minor injuries because he has not played for so long) he is due to perhaps a $40 million contract over 4 years.

The idea that the Blazers need to start over without Oden or that Oden needs a new start in a different team do not do justice to either Oden or the Blazers. This is a #1 draft pick. Without the injuries he would still be viewed as such. He is certainly not a bust with the 2nd best PER for centers in the league. Good luck, Greg. Good luck,  Blazers.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:19 pm

Oden accepts Blazers qualifying offer

If Oden does anything this season he will get paid and hopefully by the Blazers.

Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:11 pm
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Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:37 pm

Oden accepts Blazers qualifying offer

This is the right thing to do for everyone.  If Greg can play 3/4 of this season and show some spark without season ending injury it will be a good start to the rest of his career...which will hopefully be inPortland.

BTW: Who was thinking..."There was some thinking that Oden might prefer a fresh start as he's had so many problems in Portland"?  The only problems he's had have been injuries...and exposing himself on an email.  Portland has been very generous to Mr. Oden.  I would go so far as to say he owes it to Portland to stick it out with us for the long haul...if there is a long haul with this guy.

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