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Oden to hit open market next summer

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08:12 AM ET 10.27 | In three years, Greg Oden has earned an incomplete grade and a new distinction. [Oden] will be a restricted free agent next summer. While it's not a surprise, considering Oden has played in just 82 games in his first three seasons due to injuries, the 2007 NBA top draft pick will become the first No. 1 selection to not have signed a contract extension after his third season since Kwame Brown was taken by Washington in 2001 and became a restricted free agent in the summer of 2005. Bill Duffy, head of BDA Sports, which represents Oden, confirmed to FanHouse on Tuesday that Oden will not sign an extension by Monday's deadline.

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October 27, 2010  08:17 AM ET

Who wants to game on OLD man Oden? This kid is a BUST.

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October 27, 2010  08:45 AM ET

they are idiots if they think someone will bite on that......he cant play a full quarter better yet a season

October 27, 2010  08:49 AM ET

he averaged 11, 8, and 2.3 bpg
if he can stay healthy he could help somebody

October 27, 2010  08:50 AM ET
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he averaged 11, 8, and 2.3 bpgif he can stay healthy he could help somebody

the problem is he cant stay healthy so its time to realize what he is....a walking injury

October 27, 2010  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

they are idiots if they think someone will bite on that......he cant play a full quarter better yet a season

He'll probably end up in Charlotte which has quickly become the home of the league's nomads and vagabonds proudly led by yours truly Larry Brown, Kwame Brown and Steven Jackson.

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October 27, 2010  09:32 AM ET

Really hope the guy can overcome the injury problems. I also really hope he got a good financial adviser to invest his money wisely, because he might not be getting too many more contracts.

October 27, 2010  09:39 AM ET

As soon as he "hits" the market he'll break - but, what the heck, I'll see your souvlaki and gyro and raise you a PBR.

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October 27, 2010  09:54 AM ET

Prepare to be disappointed, Bro.

October 27, 2010  09:57 AM ET

Oden will not survive a whole season, they should limit his mins like Houston is doing to Yao until they feel he is ready for big mins.

October 27, 2010  10:03 AM ET

the 2007 NBA top draft pick will become the first No. 1 selection to not have signed a contract extension after his third season since Kwame Brown

Any reference or comparison to Kwame Brown says all we need to know about this clown.

October 27, 2010  10:05 AM ET

I feel bad for him cause he had some potential....too bad his career may be over before it even really started.

October 27, 2010  10:25 AM ET

1. restricted free agency isn't really the open market
2. i say oden can pull in at least 6mil per just based on potential still...i mean villanueva is pullin in like 6 per, so can oden

October 27, 2010  10:50 AM ET
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Who wants to game on OLD man Oden? This kid is a BUST.

Really? A bust? Already?

He'll be a bust ONLY if he leaves the NBA due to injuries in the next 2-3 years; and no one knows yet, if that'll happen.

At this point it should be remembered that he'd be starting his senior year in college if he hadn't gone hardship.

October 27, 2010  10:54 AM ET
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they are idiots if they think someone will bite on that......he cant play a full quarter better yet a season

It would be such a huge gamble, almost powerball gamble! If he works out and you can get him on the low end then you win big. But if he continues to play hurt (which I think will happen) then you just pissed your money down the drain.
I watch Oden play for OSU and followed him into the pro's, he hasn't played a healthy season since day 1 in college!

October 27, 2010  10:55 AM ET
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To be honest though- If I were Portland- I'd offer that deal right now......

Agreed!

Even as a 20 minute per game back-up, he's darn near a 10pt / 10reb player. I'd lock him up for another 2 or 3 years just to see.

I mean.....bigger investments have been made in players who were higher risks (injury /talent level) ......

October 27, 2010  10:58 AM ET

Even though he is a health risk I would love to see my Cavs make a play for him. Its not like they are going anywhere now so it would not be as much of a gamble for them as say a team like Boston? (just used them as a example, don't believe they would gamble)

 
October 27, 2010  10:58 AM ET
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He'll probably end up in Charlotte which has quickly become the home of the league's nomads and vagabonds proudly led by yours truly Larry Brown, Kwame Brown and Steven Jackson.

these vagabonds were in the playoffs last season...

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