Portland Trail Blazers Want to Keep Greg Oden Next Season

by Punter's Hero on July 1, 2011

in Latest News, NBA

A few years ago, the Portland Trail Blazers thought they had finally found their next superstar after drafting seven foot center Greg Oden out of Ohio State with the number one overall pick in the NBA draft. Even though the consensus was that Oden was destined to be a star on the NBA level and in some people’s minds the next great center in the league, that hasn’t turned out to be the case so far as the once promising young center has been injury prone throughout his entire NBA career so far with the Portland Trail Blazers.

This has obviously taken its toll on the Blazers as they did have an opportunity to draft proven superstar Kevin Durant with the first pick. With Durant being the league’s leading scorer two years running and leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Western Conference Finals last season, the former Texas Longhorn was without a doubt the better of the two players, but despite Oden going down with injury consistently and being considered another big man bust at number one in the NBA draft, the Blazers still have some faith in the big fella.

Reportedly, the Portland Trail Blazers had an opportunity to cut their losses with Greg Oden by letting him go this summer, but they appear to be ready to do the opposite as they are willing to pay him $8.8 million dollars for one more year in Portland. This has come as quite a surprise to Blazers fans and around the league, but Portland believes next year might be the year that Oden comes into his own in the NBA.

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