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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: May 31, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:03 pm

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

Might be a bust as of now,  remember big Z from cleveland?  Portland made the offer but watch out for the cavs, pacers and pistons trying to get him since then he would be close to home.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 6:53 pm

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

Old Man Oden has continued to prove what everyone except Portland knew, that he was the biggest bust in the history of the NBA draft.  Has been in the league 4 years but has only played enough games for 1.  Truth be told, Oden owes Portland 3 seasons before he should get another penny.

Sam Bowie and Shawn Bradley rolled into 1.  If Portland had any sense whatsoever, they would cut loose the Fragile One and sign someone  who will actually play for his earnings, not sit on the sidelines.

Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 3:13 pm

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

Oden looked 48 years old in college. No wonder he stays injured.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:20 pm
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Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:01 pm

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

Yes, microfracture surgery on both knees, but everyone keeps forgetting about that third leg that Oden possesses. 

Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 12:36 pm

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

The Blazers had to make an offer to keep Oden. They are already over $20 million deep in the Oden Project, and to let him go now, and have him become an All-Star somewhere else would be a huge mistake.  We learned that from trading Jermaine O'Neal and it bit us in the backside.  When he has played he has been a huge difference maker, averaging almost a double-double while playing 20-25 minute per game.  In games where he played big minutes, he regularly put up 25 and 13 with a several blocks/shot alterations.  You can't just throw the towel in now, you have to see this through, and hopefully, it pays off!

Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:22 am

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

Amazing the Blazers will pay this guy 8.8 million for what reason? Let him go sign him cheaper or let him be someone elses project that does not work. He is fragile like my grandma and I fully agree with a other post he was unproven when he was drafted. Feel bad for Blazers fans because they are some of the best fans in sports.

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:13 am

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

even back during their draft durant was a better pick. but the blazers decieded to go with size and needed posion than go for the best all around player available. going into the draft he was already injured and was not a prove offensive player.

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:10 am

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

what would the trailblazers be like today if they had durant.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:01 am

Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

hindsight is 20/20. Of course Durant is the better player and anyone in their right mind would take him over Oden now, however back in 2007 Oden was the better choice, no one knew that he'd have this kind of injury riddled career.

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