Tag:Fabricio Oberto
Posted on: November 4, 2010 10:22 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 10:24 pm

Oberto's assist to the Blazers

No one was happy to hear the news that Blazers forward Fabricio Oberto decided to retire Thursday due to a recurring heart condition. Known wherever he's been as a great teammate, Oberto proved it once again on his way out of Portland.

When a player suffers a season- or career-ending medical condition, he's entitled to receive every dollar he's due. But Oberto, 35, didn't go that route. In fact, after discussing his medical issues with Blazers officials, doctors and his agent, Oberto agreed to sign an addendum to his contract converting it from guaranteed to non-guaranteed.

In fact, he insisted on it, said Oberto's agent, Herb Rudoy.

"He just absolutely was adamant when we talked about it," Rudoy said Thursday night. "He didn’t feel it was correct to be there for a week and get paid for the season."

So the Blazers will put Oberto, a 2007 NBA champion with the Spurs, on waivers Friday and will be able to use most of his $854,389 salary to put towards a big man to replace him -- at least until Greg Oden and/or Joel Pryzbilla return from injuries. It may not seem like a lot by NBA standards, but remember to double it because the Blazers are paying luxury tax. Pretty generous parting gift from a guy who logged a total of 45 minutes over five games with the Blazers.

As CBSSports.com's Ben Golliver confirmed, the Blazers are expected to work out Earl Barron, Dwayne Jones, Sean Marks and Shavlik Randolph. Eric Boateng, the last player cut by the Nuggets, also will be brought in for a workout.

Meanwhile, with the injuries to Oden, Pryzbilla and now Oberto, it appears that former Net Josh Boone made a serious tactical error going to China after failing to attract free-agent interest this past summer. The Blazers tried to get Boone, a 6-10 forward, to sign a non-guaranteed deal in July, but he opted to sign with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls, instead. At this point, he'd be getting 10 minutes a game of NBA run from the injury-ravaged Blazers. Oops.

Posted on: June 23, 2009 2:04 pm

Spurs on verge of acquiring Jefferson from Bucks

The San Antonio Spurs fired the first salvo of what is expected to be a busy trading period Tuesday, agreeing in principle to acquire Richard Jefferson from the Milwaukee Bucks for Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas, and Fabricio Oberto, a person familiar with the trade confirmed to CBSSports.com.

The Spurs reaffirmed their commitment to making at least one more championship run with their core of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili by agreeing to add Jefferson, a gifted offensive wing player who gives them another way to break down defenses and play at a pace more conducive to the transition-oriented teams in the Western Conference. The trade is "real, real close" to happening, said the person familiar with the situation, who expected the deal to gain approval from the league office later Tuesday.

Jefferson, who turned 29 on Sunday, has the kind of toughness and championship pedigree around which the Spurs have built their four championship teams in the past 11 seasons. He also has been bothered by chronic ankle injuries, but didn't miss a game in the past two seasons, including his first with Milwaukee in 2008-09 after being acquired for Bobby Simmons and Yi Jianlian. But the trade leaves the Spurs lacking big-man depth, opening the possibility that they have another deal in the works.

The Bucks get $11.3 million in salary-cap relief in 2010 with the expiring contracts of Bowen, Thomas, and Oberto coming off the books after next season. Jefferson is due $29.2 million over the next two seasons.

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