Thursday, December 8th, 2011 at 1:50 pm  |  16 responses

Greg Oden to Ink 1-Year Deal With Blazers

Greg Oden will be staying in Portland for at least another season, reports the Oregonian: “The free agent center will sign a one-year qualifying offer with the Trail Blazers on Friday according to agent Bill Duffy. Oden, who turns 24 in January, will be paid $8.9 million this season. Starting Friday, Oden was eligible to receive free agent offers from other teams, after which the Blazers would have three days to match. But Oden took other teams out of the equation by deciding to return to the Blazers. ‘The mission has not been accomplished,’ Duffy said Thursday. ‘The Blazers have stood by Greg, and now he is going to stand by them.’”

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  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Yep. :)

  • Riggs

    he still has a lot of time (he’s only 24) to prove himself.

  • BlackStar

    I pray he can play all year. That would be a great comeback story.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Good luck Oden, stay healthy.

  • ksupreme

    I like him, and i think he definitely has a chance to prove himself…but i want him to play for some other team. One that doesn’t carry a curse…

  • Red

    He’s 24 but looks & plays like he’s 50.

  • c.a.

    Only reason he does this is because he thinks he may be back to his best and owes them for standing by him.
    Would suck for Portland to see him succeed elsewhere.

    Hopefully he plays his socks off and they can get some nice pieces back in a trade for him in a year.

    If he gets injured…..surely he is done, mentally?

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Please Portland, for Greg Oden’s sake trade him to Phoenix.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    They have to bring him back slowly and really monitor his minutes. Hopefully, he can stay healthy and have a decent year. Good for his confidence, good for the team; really would like to see it happen.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    actually, it reminds of Big Z; he had a lot of injuries early on his career, but came back and produced.

  • bike

    The best anyone can hope for by now is Greg becomes a solid backup that plays 20 min./game at most. He is injury prone and with two knee sugeries, Greg will never be the same. Another significant injury to this guy and it’s over.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    I’m glad he’s decided to just go ahead and sign versus even entertaining offers from other teams. He knows he hasn’t ‘earned’ what he’s already made and this is a ‘class’ move on his part. He could have gotten more by waiting and seeing the other offers come in, but I’m not sure if it is guilt or loyalty that has him signing now. I bet his agent is upset about this one. But if he is able to play well and stay healthy, he’ll really do a lot for his ‘brand’.

  • LA Huey

    I think he made the right move.

  • burnt_chicken

    Classy move by a classy guy (impromptu photo ops notwithstanding). I really really hope he is able to overcome his injuries and produce.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I’m rooting for Greg, he and Aldridge would be the best PF/C combo in the NBA when healthy. Yes, I’d take them over Randolph/Gasol or Dirk/Chandler (although that one is done)

  • http://www.2ksports.com showtime

    THE KID is missing the season again…portland needs to fire the train staff or its something in the water.