Oden Looks At Free Agency As 'His Move'
Greg Oden will be a restricted free agent during this offseason and the Blazers are almost certain to extend the qualifying offer.
But there are also reports that the Blazers may make a four-year, $40 million offer.
"The way I look at it," he said, "is that it's not their move. It's my move. Everyone says it's their move. I think it's my move."
There is inherent risk in offering long-term money, but it could prove to be a below market contract if Oden remains healthy.
As one Eastern Conference executive put it on Friday, "If you know Oden is a 1-in-20 shot to come back and be a factor, you have to take it. Because not signing him, you have a 0-in-20 shot of being there if he does.
"Still, $40 mil makes you think."