Blazers want Greg Oden to remain in Portland; extend $8M qualifying offer
With the offer, the 23-year-old Oden, who has endured an injury-riddled start to his professional career since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2007 by the Blazers, becomes a restricted free agent. Portland has the right to match any other offer made for the oft-injured center.
Portland, OR, United States
June 30, 2011 03:29 pm EDT
Sports, Basketball, National Basketball Association
Despite his list of injury problems, the Trail Blazers are standing behind their oft-injured former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden, who has been extended an $8,788,681 qualifying offer Wednesday by the club to remain in Portland.
With the offer, the 23-year-old center, who has been through an injury-riddled start to his professional career since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2007 by the Blazers, becomes a restricted free agent.
Portland has the right to match any other offer made for the 7-footer former Ohio State standout.
Oden has seen action in only 82 contests over parts of two seasons out of a possible 328 regular season games that he has spent on the Blazers’ roster since entering the NBA. He is averaging 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds.
Oden’s rookie season was postponed before it started as he underwent microfracture surgery on his ailing right knee that caused him to miss the entire 2007-08 season.
In December of 2009, he injured his left knee during a game and later underwent surgery for a fractured left patella and missed the rest of the season.
He did not play this past season after microfracture surgery on his left knee.
Also Wednesday, the Trail Blazers extended a qualifying offer to Australian guard Patty Mills. Portland also exercised options on Luke Babbitt and Elliot Williams.
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