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Oden likely stays with Portland. You expected otherwise?

Dec 5, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

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There are a few teams out there desperate enough for a big man — we’re looking at you, Miami — that they may take a risk on Greg Oden.

But the smart money says Oden was never leaving Portland, and Marc Spears at Yahoo is reporting he is about to take his $8.8 million option for this season and then test the market next summer.

Oden missed last season after having microfracture surgery on his left knee in November. The 23-year-old hasn’t played since December 2009 when he needed surgery to repair a fractured left kneecap. He was averaging 11.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks at the time of injury.

Oden’s body has betrayed him and he has played 82 games in four seasons. He is not expected back this season until January at the earliest.

But it shows you how in demand big men who can defend and rebound are that there is still demand for him out there.

  1. b7p19 - Dec 5, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Well considering that the season pretty much starts in January, I guess he won’t miss more than a few games…

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