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Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at 10:50 am  |  37 responses

Greg Oden Looking At Free Agency As ‘My Move’

As a restricted free agent this summer, Greg Oden will have to make up his mind of whether to accept a likely four-year, $40 million offer from the Blazers. John Canzano of The Oregonian reports: “I asked Oden about the June qualifying offer that the Blazers will almost certainly make to him. And I wondered if Portland might have watched the Mavericks excuse them in the first round of the playoffs and thought about what a healthy Oden might have meant. ‘The way I look at it,’ he said, ‘is that it’s not their move. It’s my move. Everyone says it’s their move. I think it’s my move.’”

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  • Jer dawg

    Take money or get fresh start? The Portland water is bad. Move on Greg. Go back to Indianapolis. Trade Hibbert and Oden straight up.
    Force Blazers to move you out and start elsewhere.

  • kudos

    Staying or leaving Portland isn’t going to make him injury-free.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    @Kudos, it does if he decides to go to Phoenix.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com just bcuz

    lol now watch oden goes somewhere else and has a productive career as the big man on on a title contender. it always happens that way

  • http://golfaroo.ca Ganchan

    Benjamin BOden will get better and be more injury free with age.

  • Yesse

    As his move to get injured again.

  • Trout

    Co-sign Max they seem to have worked wonders with Grant Hill, Amare and Shaq so if oden could tap into that kind of medical care then he might be half decent player not necessarily marquee but servicable.

  • yea

    Who the f*** would actually pay for this guy ??!!!

  • Drew

    Cosign Max – Go to Phoenix and let them revitalize your health and career. Drink the water from their fountain of youth.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I want Oden to be good, just to give the West a legitimate All-Star C instead of a bunch of PFs playing out of position.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Imagine if he goes to Phoenix, he will get the face of a 20 year old instead of a 60 year old face :D

  • al29

    co-sign yea – I cannot believe that Portland is going to offer big money to Greg Oden. It was a mistake to draft him and would a bigger mistake to lock him in for so much money. Let him walk- he’s not worth the risk.

  • hambone

    he will probably stab himself in the eye trying to sign a contract

  • HAMMER

    $10 mill a yr!? U serious!? Oh my god! Im shocked that my Blazers would offer THAT type of feria ($) and that amount of yrs. If hope is what were clinging to here then @ the most he should b offered is $5 mill a yr for 2 yrs, AT THE MOST. Cant believe it

  • Heals

    Considering his output thus far and q’s about his durability going forward 40mil/4 yrs isn’t too shabby…

  • Fern323

    @Max, I like that

  • Ben Ireland

    Oden, when he’s played (obviously not a ton) was a damn fine player. No-one has ever called him a bust for lack of ability… It’s just health. He’s what age now, 22, 23? Plenty of time left for a seriously awesome career. I see him making at least an All-Star team if he get’s a chance… Portland gotta pay tho, if they let him walk, they pissed away a Number 1 pick, and he has the type of potential and the young enough body, minus face, to be a seriously good, if not great, player.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    GREG ODEN SHOULD LEAVE SKID MARKS IN THE PARKING LOT WHEN LEAVING THE BLAZERS.

  • flipnoyce

    If thats the path Portland wants to take then sign him for no more than two years and see what happens. No doubt Oden can play but that is not the main question. The question they should be asking is can he stay healthy and for how long. Oden doesn’t have a say to how much he can make unless he can prove his abilities back on the court. He has been on Portland’s payroll for 4 years and seen and gain nothing. Just look at Durant’s career for the last 4 years…….

  • robb

    your move should be going to a geriatric clinic

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    @ iamorange- why? We’ve been nothing but patient and kind to this guy..

  • paul

    he should sign with the celtics replacement for perks

  • Yep

    because the celtics need more injury-proned big men? i guess between him, shaq and j.o they can piece together 75 or so games + a few playoff performances

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    I hope this kid makes it.

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    if i was him i’d take the 40 mil and run. but it’s unlikely they give him 40 for 4! more like 5-6mil for 2-3 years.

  • dma

    isn’t oden untradeable unless it’s a sign and trade since Oden is a restricted free agent, or if they renounce his rights?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    ^ yup.

  • mf

    can’t they put some kind of clause/incentive benefit in his contract for injuries or something? Give him say 6 or 7 million a season and if he performs he gets more? If so, this could be the way to go?

  • deezy

    miami?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I would really expect that every GM/team owner MUST look at Greg Oden as high reward/high risk situation. We don’t know if the man is actually healthy right now and may not be of any real value to a team over a 2-4 yr period if he gets injured again. His body is jot not ready for 82 games plus the playoff push.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Portland should really look to get something solid if they let him go. Don’t pee a 1st pick like that against a wall.

  • DeeDre

    The thing about this is…people still talk in terms as if dude is already a proven star in the league. He hasnt even played a complete season yet so the question isnt just whether he can stay healthy but whether he can play at a high level as once expected if he does stay healthy. 81 games in 4 years has to do something to your outlook that’s not positive

  • http://www.walshsportsblog.com Darren

    The only time he’ll be wearing an NBA jersey for his new team will be in the introductory press conference.

  • kevin

    Oden needs to go to a team that would have the depth to limit his min. till he gets into the swing,Plus a good training staff. I think the 76ers is a good move look @ elton brand and doug collins they both had season end injuries and can guide him back into the nba. Plus if they can resign hawes they wouldnt need him to come in right away and preasur him to play a ton of min. Oden would have time to get to know the team and the grow with its young core. And then when his body is ready come in and play for play pushes for several years.

  • add

    @kevin exactly

  • http://google c_cantrell

    I have been hoping that he would sign with OKC when he reached free agency for the longest time, and still would love the idea but only if he could stay healthy. I believe he has the potential to become a much better defensive player than Perkins, and possibly one day the DPOY. But now, I really fell that he would be a tremendous fit in Boston. I believe with him (if he could stay healthy) they would be finals bound for several more years, and he would also make one hell of a threesome with Rondo and Green in the years to come. Just wishful thinking.

  • Curtis

    How is he not worth the risk? Greg Oden was expected to be the next Bill Russell, the man is 7 foot 285, at age 23, the man is a freak of nature, he blocks shots left and right and could average a double double EASY

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