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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — As if the news of Brandon Roy‘s retirement wasn’t brutal enough for Portland Trail Blazers fans, this latest injury-themed setback will shake them up again.
Greg Oden has had yet another setback, discovered after his latest physical examination, and has agreed to restructure his one-year deal with the team independent of the $8.9 million qualifying offer the team extended to him in the summer.
More from the official statement released by the team:
The contract agreed upon today comes after both sides mutually agreed to negotiate a new deal that is independent of the qualifying offer.
“Following Greg’s most recent physical examination and evaluation, we’ve determined that he has suffered a setback,” said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller. “We’re hopeful, but less confident that he will return to the court this season. We’ve stood by Greg from the day he was drafted and we continue to do so now with this agreement.”
Oden, 23, has averages of 9.4 points (57.7% FG), 7.3 rebounds, 1.43 blocks and 22.1 minutes in 82 games (60 starts). He has notched 21 double-doubles and grabbed 10-plus rebounds 26 times.
“I’m obviously disappointed with the setback, but I’m as determined as ever to return to the court,” said Oden. “I appreciate the support of the Trail Blazers and our fans and that they continue to stand behind me.”
Oden’s NBA career has been stalled time after time by knee injuries and this latest one coming on the heels of the reports that Brandon Roy is headed for retirement is a brutal blow for a team that has managed to remain a playoff squad while dealing with a litany of injuries to key players.