Hi. Long time no speak. Anyway
Fresh off the ESPN front page.
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=6717753PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Trail Blazers have offered former No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden an $8.8 million qualifying offer to stay in Portland.
The offer means the often-injured 7-foot center becomes a restricted free agent. The Blazers can match any other offer made for him.
Oden, 23, didn't play this past season after microfracture surgery on his left knee. He missed his rookie season in 2007-08 after microfracture surgery on his right knee. Two seasons ago he broke his left kneecap.
Question. With 10mill open from the cap and only 8.8 by portland to oden, does this change the free agency outlook and stratagy by the raptors. I always looked at Greg as a backup signing if Gasol signed elsewhere. With the draft of Jonas, does it even matter.
What if... Blazers had drafted both Drexler, Jordan?
From 1992 Beginner's Guide to the NBA Finals, The Oregonian's special section. Published 6/3/1992.
Michael Jordan was the #3 pick in the 1984 draft, after Portland selected Sam Bowie second.
When Oden is healthy to play, he is no backup. I do understand your backup comment from the stand point that he is often injured, and you would need a replacement that can handle a full season if need be.
EDIT: Lol, sorry Y reread you post, I miss read, bed time for me... lol.
Offer him 20 million for 2 years. If he plays sweet we have an awsome center (when healthy) ... if not we tank again and get another awsome pick plus + Jonas. Mark my words ... 2 years Raps will be a top 10 team in the league.
You take a shot at Oden for a couple of million at the most ! Portland is doing a Gilbert Arenas on this. If they pay him for one year at the qualifying offer or give him say 10 million over 3 years, that is not so bad. But Oden can be a franchise killer. And even when he was healthy he was too slow on rotations and coming back to defend the rim. He is a foul machine at his peak. Now, he is a seven foot pylon.
exactly, I don't see the facination with this guy, he HAD potential, now he is a 23 year old going on 50 (he even looks 50)
Jesus Christ you do NOT give Greg Oden more than 2 or 3 million per year. Who's running the blazers these days?
id rather have d will 2.0 than h. barnes even thoug they'll both be ill
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while he'd fit in nicely with the likes of DD, Barnes, Ed and big val, that contract is still too crazy.
especially since he's playing for spain and as such will spend the majority of the coming season (fingers crossed) on the DL
Source: Denverpost.comNene will opt out of the final year of his contract worth nearly $12 million and, as a result, become an unrestricted free agent, a source familiar with the situation said Wednesday night.
It means Nene can sign with any team he wishes without the Nuggets getting a chance to match the offer when free agency begins after the expected NBA lockout, which likely will start Friday.
He no doubt will be one of the top free agents available. He's come a long way. Last time he was up for contract some were questioning the amount Denver gave him as he was a liability due to injuries up to that point.
As for Portland, it's one year. I don't really understand but I assume if he can't play this next year they will let him go.
what about lopez?
Sacramento just made a trade with Cleveland, sending Casspi & protected 2012 first round pick for Hickson.
The article mentions Jason Thompson as likely being available now, given Hickson/Cousins/Whiteside at the PF/C position.
Any thoughts about the Raps potentially targeting him? I know he was highly regarded a couple seasons ago and has pretty good rebounding numbers (7.3 rebounds in less than 28 mins, over his career). Could be relatively cheap for a decent young player making only $2.2M on an expiring contract.
i'd take thompson for sure. he could start till jonas is ready then be another quality rotational big/trade bait.
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