Wednesday , Oct , 27 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

To extend or not extend: Portland`s Greg Oden saga

Greg Oden will not sign a contract extension with the Blazers ahead of the Nov. 1 deadline, his agent has confirmed. That means Oden will become a restricted free agent this summer.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: To extend or not extend. That is the question.

The Portland Trail Blazers are in an interesting spot with former first overall pick Greg Oden.

On the one hand, they must proceed cautiously. Oden’s history of injuries makes it impossible for the Blazers to offer a long-term extension worth the GDP of a developing nation.

At least, right now it’s impossible. The seven-footer has much to prove and much to make up for.

On the other hand, the Blazers must maximize their asset. After all, Oden was a celebrated draft pick, taken before superstar Kevin Durant.

This is a massive commitment, so the organization has to continue supporting, nurturing, and developing their fragile post.

So far, Oden’s career has been a struggle. However, the Blazers can’t make the situation worse by giving up too soon.

–Oly Sandor.

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