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Oden leaning heavily to re-signing with Blazers?

Posted on: December 4, 2011 10:11 pm
Posted by Royce Young

After a reported brief flirtation with the Miami Heat, Greg Oden could be re-signing with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Oden would be signing a one-year, $8.8 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.

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 $8.8 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 $8.8 million this season might be the biggest check he'll see for the rest of his career.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:37 pm

Oden leaning heavily to re-signing with Blazers?

Lee3022, theres only 66 games this season and hes out til atleast january so hes going to miss some games ontop of that. I really hope Oden stays healthy, he would be dumb to leave the blazers and he needs to show them the same loyalty they have shown him.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:18 pm

Oden leaning heavily to re-signing with Blazers?

Oden is certainly worth the risk. If he can stay healthy- a big if- he can be a game changer. Despite the immense frustration he's felt for the past few years because he's had so much difficulty staying healthy, and despite some fans' lack of compassion to what he's been going through, he's not been a guy to say things that embarrass his team, teammates, or the city of Portland. From all I've heard, he's worked very hard to get through this trying time. That says a lot about his character. As a Blazer fan, I do hope he comes back healthy and remains so- not just for the Blazers, but for himself.

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:21 pm
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Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:37 pm

Oden leaning heavily to re-signing with Blazers?

If Oden can play I'm sure Portland locks him up long term.

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:01 am

Oden leaning heavily to re-signing with Blazers?

For the right price, this guy would fit in REAL WELL next to Amare and Mello here in NY.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:35 pm

Oden leaning heavily to re-signing with Blazers?

I'm sure Oden is a great guy, but if I were the Blazers, I'd wash my hands of him. He's already cost them wasted millions and contributed nothing due to constant injury issues. And he is going to get $8 million now?! Unbelievable. 

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 10:43 pm

Oden leaning heavily to re-signing with Blazers?

There was no way Oden would consider signing with the Heat. They have zero cap room and can use only the midlevel exception ($5M per). The Blazers would like a four year contract paying $25-30M. That shows the team is prepared to gamble even more on Greg's future health. It is a gamble Oden should appreciate. The Blazers have already sunk over $20M into Oden. They have supported his rehabs and even used him for some PR work. Greg is a class guy and wants to give back to the team that drafted him ahead of Durant.

So no surprise that both Greg and his agent say he wants to go back to the Blazers. After all, $30M more will look better in his bank account than $8.8M for this year. Watch and see what comes out if the signing. Oh, for the record, I predict Greg plays in 70 or more games and finishes the year strong.

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