Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 at 9:45 am  |  32 responses

Greg Oden ‘Open’ to Long-Term Deal from the Blazers

According to Greg Oden’s agent, the chronically-injured big man is willing to let Portland lavish him with a fat contract. Of course he is. From the Oregonian: “The clock on Greg Oden’s uncertain future with the Trail Blazers officially started ticking Monday. The Dallas Mavericks’ championship victory Sunday night triggered the start of a deadline for the Blazers to tender an $8.8 million qualifying offer to the soon-to-be free agent center. The Blazers, who did not extend an offer Monday, have until June 30 to do so. Assuming they do — and the Blazers have given indications they will — Oden will become a restricted free agent on July 1, which means the Blazers will have the upperhand in resigning the former No. 1 overall draft pick who’s brief NBA career has been marred by injuries and surgeries. It’s common for teams to delay extending qualifying offers until the deadline nears, so it was not a big shock that the Blazers did not make a move Monday. Even Oden’s camp did not expect it. ‘I’m sure they’re going to hold off doing anything until the end,’ said Mike Conley, Oden’s agent … If interest is minimal, they can simply sign him to the one-year $8.8 million deal. They can also offer and sign Oden to a multiyear contract, gambling that the player who has played in just 82 games and endured three knee surgeries during his four-year career is destined for a long and healthy return. Oden, it seems, is open to a long-term return to Portland. ‘That would be fantastic,’ Conley said of a multiyear deal. ‘We would definitely be excited about that.’ As for the free agent market, Conley said he expects his client to receive a heavy dose of interest.”

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  • Fat Lever

    Don’t front, you know I gotcha open…Sorry Greg, you won’t be getting that tender from the Blazers, I don’t think.

  • Riggs

    this dude must be effing smoking, he should be praising portland for not kicking him out. I used to defend him constantly until I saw that instead of rehab he chose to go out and party instead. hold up, his agent is named mike conley? and so is his best friend?

  • rich

    too much potential here even with the surguries, if they limit him and roy some until they are 100% they might take it to the white house next year

  • bentherealdeal

    @Riggs Yess is agent is the Father of mike conley jr. since high school

  • madterps

    ROFLMAO. Greg Oden thinking he’ll get a multiple year contract after being injuried off and on for the past 3 years.

  • neaorin

    I am open to a multi-million dollar donation from whatever billionaire feels particularly charitable these days.

  • ErnieD

    More like a heavy dose of reality.

  • Red Star

    Focus on getting healthy and playing a complete season first!! @neaorin Me too! LMFAO!

  • kristian

    In 4 years he’s played exactly 82 games. That’s one NBA season. Sounds like he owes them money and not the other way around. The guy’s in his 50′s. You’d be stupid to even sign him for one season much less, multiples.

  • gregor

    lol, rich. not gonna happen

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Oh, I bet he sure is.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    But imagine if the Blazers let him walk, and he doesn’t get injured anymore (Poenix help this kid!), the Blazers actually gave their NO1 pick away..

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  • JL

    He’s not even going to get the 8.8 mil 1 yr tender. Good luck. I think he’s worth a 4-5 mil gamble (NBA money seems about right), but will probably end up getting paid like 6-8 mil for a year or two contract. Whoever gets sucked into paying him for 5 years will be the fool.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I wish I could show up to work 82 days out of a possible 328 and be rewarded with a huge raise!
    Not the same thing, I know. Just saying…

  • horsey

    I’m also open to a long term deal from the Blazers…

  • Exile

    Hope he heals up soon, but there is no real way that he will get multi-year deals until he proves something in the L.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Its already been stated that the Blazers are more about Loyalty then everyone is expecting. I even read they knew about the risks to Brandon Roy and his knees when they signed him to the extension. I expect Oden to sign a 4 or 5 year deal in Portland for between 6-8 Million a year to start.

  • bike

    What in the world else would he be open to? Unemployment?

  • SikhWitIt

    I’m open to dating Eva Mendes.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I think they’ll offer him a modest contract, which he should accept.. If he goes elsewhere, he will probably stay healthy, and become one of the better centers in the L, and the Blazers would look bad 2wice because of this guy..

  • $tev3

    he should be lucky if ANY team will give him a deal AT ALLL

  • k-dubb

    man the blazers should’ve drafted KD instead of odem look what they missed out on a scoring leader and a performer odem hasn’t finished a full season what a waste of money there.. it would’ve been ROY and durant

  • Karley

    He should be offered a contract. We don’t have any big men. Yes he is prone to injuries but let’s just hope he can play. I’m expecting to see a deal made. Mark the words. He will be a Blazer next season.


    As crazy as it seems, but im STILL clinging 2 hope that Oden will come back healthy and help us out, a la Tyson Chandler. Not All-Star status as we had all hoped, but a very servicable and key role player. The limit tho, I feel, is still the sky 4 Oden. I think we should keep him, just not @ a hefty price tag

  • al29

    I’m a huge Blazers fan, and I’m terrified that this team will resign Greg Oden. Don’t resign him. Let him walk. And make Roy retire.

  • http://www.listerblister.blogspot.com rainman10

    The Celtics will end up with him.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Co sign Hammer, and K-dubb, Odom has nothing to do with this story..

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

    If the Blazers could get something trade-value wise from him I think they should move him – Miami would LOVE a defensive centre and perhaps they could talk a trade…? How about a pick?

  • add

    dam, thought philly could pick him up for cheap

  • lee3022

    There is no question but that Greg will be offered the qualifying contract. I anticipate that the team will want to sign him to a four year contract for about $20M. I think that is a reasonable bet for both sides. Remember that in a similar situation Martell Webster was signed for a similar amount after really not proving himself in his first four years.

    People that diss Greg as not working are missing the truth. Greg has worked extremely hard on his rehab every time. He is convinced he will play again. This time I tend to agree.He still possesses a body which is unequaled in the league. How much he gets back is a valid question but others (Amare for example) have regained all of their explosiveness.

  • http://Thisone? JPC

    The Blazers are a team that is loyal to there players and the players should be loyal to them (I say should be loyal but I doubt Greg O will be). Blazers should offer him $3 to $4 million a year for 4 years but the money shouldn’t be guaranteed! His new contract should be $1 million a year guaranteed money and the rest of it performance based on games played.
    If Brandon Roy doesn’t come back to All-Star level, he should have his contract restructured; if he isn’t willing to have it restructured then trade him late in the season next year for a player or draft pick.