Greg Oden will be a restricted free agent during this offseason and the Blazers are almost certain to extend the qualifying offer.
But there are also reports that the Blazers may make a four-year, $40 million offer.
"The way I look at it," he said, "is that it's not their move. It's my move. Everyone says it's their move. I think it's my move."
There is inherent risk in offering long-term money, but it could prove to be a below market contract if Oden remains healthy.
As one Eastern Conference executive put it on Friday, "If you know Oden is a 1-in-20 shot to come back and be a factor, you have to take it. Because not signing him, you have a 0-in-20 shot of being there if he does.
1 in 20 is terrible odds. I hope Oden has better chance than that.
Well he recovered perfectly fine from his first injury and if recovers from this one and stays healthy at worst he's a top 5 center. I hope he didn't lose any athleticism because that will be really important.
Blazers can't afford to have that much money tied down to two such injury prone players in Roy and Oden...however Oden does not suck when e does play, check out his stats in about 20mins of play, if he learns to control his fouls which usually happens as a big man matures, he is defintely a two way solid legit 5...
But four years is too long, maybe 3+to, if I were the blazers I would look to sign and trade him to a rebuilding team that has the time and cap space to take such a big risk