Still No Word On GO … Until Now!

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – His name rarely comes up around the hideout anymore, which seems strange since he was all we talked day after day this time a few years ago.

But the clock is ticking on Greg Oden and the Portland Trail Blazers. They have to extend a qualifying offer to the oft-injured big man sometime before midnight Thursday, a formality already handled by plenty of other teams for their soon-to-be free agents (as seen here on NBA.com’s Free Agent Tracker).

If it wasn’t for an early morning reminder from “The Godfather,” Dwight Jaynes of CSNNW.com, we’d have forgotten about Oden completely, what with all the other labor drama going on right now.

While every indication is that the qualifying offer will be extended, The Godfather has some keen observations on the topic:

It’s interesting how long it’s taken, though. Most teams have taken care of this type of paper work by now, made their decisions and pretty much gone down to the business of figuratively nailing the plywood on all the windows in preparation for the upcoming lockout hurricane.

Portland has no choice but to bring Oden back. The team has spurned opportunities to acquire other centers, or even draft one. They’re stuck with a teetering Marcus Camby in the middle and not much else up front on the bench.

Funny thing, though. As dependent as the Trail Blazers are going to be on Oden next season for any real improvement, a long lockout may be just what the doctor ordered. All indications are that Oden won’t be fully recovered and ready to play until January. That may be right about the time the NBA players come to their senses and accept the whipping they’re going to take at the bargaining table.

A 50-game season would be the perfect prescription for Oden. The last time the league went to one of those abbreviated seasons, of course, it had to jam three-games-in-three-nights situations into the schedule and Oden would probably have to sit out the middle of those games, but no matter.

All that is predicated on the idea that the Trail Blazers will take a chance on Oden, something that is still being discussed in Portland, per our main man John Canzano of The Oregonian and “The Bald-Faced Truth.”

UPDATED 8:09 p.m. ET:

BLAZERS EXTEND QUALIFYING OFFER TO ODEN

The Portland Trail Blazers have extended a qualifying offer to center Greg Oden, it was announced today by the team. Portland has also extended a qualifying offer to guard Patrick Mills and exercised its third-year options on forward Luke Babbitt and guard Elliot Williams.

Both Oden and Mills become restricted free agents, ensuring that the Trail Blazers will have right of first refusal should another team try to sign them. The moves give Portland the right to match any contract offer they receive in the offseason.

“We’ve stood behind Greg Oden every day since he became a Trail Blazer and that continues with today’s announcement,” said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller. “Despite the setbacks he’s experienced, he continues to be resilient in working tirelessly on his rehabilitation. We’re all very encouraged with not only his progress, but with his commitment and determination to return to the basketball court.”

7 Comments

  1. infamous mobbdeep says:

    “That may be right about the time the NBA players come to their senses and accept the whipping they’re going to take at the bargaining table.” I like but I would advise they would only accept a deal which includes owners equiping players with old-fashioned wives who teach them how to take care of their money not high maintenance ones like Kim Kardashian, Maria sharapova type, leave them for me

  2. Adam says:

    he should be sign to the spurs cause greg is a good coach and he take risked at thins like this and he make them up and running like a new man and we need a big man to help tim duncan down the court and greg oden will be a good fit so greg popivich make it happen we need young people and greg oden coming to the spurs he will feel brand new like he never got injury LET’S GO SPURS

  3. salem says:

    i say send him to phoenix, they’ll have him healthy and productive like grant hill. go suns..

    • RV53 says:

      amen to that. phoenix did a good job with grant hill and they even made shaq healthy at age of 36. if suns can make that happen, and greg fully recovers, he’ll be a heck of an acquisition.

  4. willie says:

    blazers should re-sign oden only if he comes in cheap…. otherwise, let him go, he’s a waste of roster space and money

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