Greg Oden. Remember him?
The big man by way of Buffalo NY, and then one season at Ohio State Univiersity. (Where he won one Big 10 title, and was runner up in the NCAA Tournament)
Less than three months after signing his pro contract he had microfracture surgery on his wonky knee, and the rest as you know is history.
Fast forward to 2011 and here we are. NBA free agency began on Monday and thankfully there will be a NBA season with the dreaded lockout officially over.
There are rumors that the Miami Heat, who won the Eastern Conference last season losing in the finals to the Mavs, may target oft-injured Blazers’ big man Greg Oden.
Oden has played in just 82 games in the last 3 seasons so the major question on everyone’s minds is can he stay healthy for an entire season? That is the big question for the 7-footer.
When healthy Oden has been productive with career averages of 12.6 ppg and 8.6 rpg and he is definitely a force on the defensive end with Portland.
He is the former #1 pick that reminds Portland fans of Sam Bowie, but he has the tools to be a great player.
Oden has a medical examination this week to be cleared to practice and things point that he will be able to.
He has already been given an $8.9 million 1-year qualifying offer from the Blazers. Miami can offer to possibly pay some of the $5 million mid-level exception.
Yeah, the Blazers can offer more money, but Miami gives Oden the best chance to get a ring.
On thing I do know is whoever he plays for in 2011-2012 he won’t play till January. Guess what? Ya his knee is bugging him again.
Bad Off Season?
Portland has not had the best off-season, as they may not only lose Oden, but there have been reports that the team will use their Amnesty Clause to shed the monster contract of Brandon Roy, who is another Blazers’ player with gimpy knees.
Miami’s GM Pat Riley has shown he can make impossible deals, just look at the Bosh and James’ signings, and I think Oden will make the Heat THE team to beat for this upcoming season if he can stay on the court and off crutches.