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Portland released Greg Oden. End of long and winding road.

Mar 15, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

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In it’s trade deadline moves Thursday, Portland took on a number of players (with expiring contracts, to free up cap space to rebuild on the fly) but in doing so at the end of the day they had 17 guys on the 15-man roster. Cuts had to be made.

One of those is Greg Oden.

The 2007 No. 1 overall pick who has not been on an NBA court in three years and is headed for a third microfracture surgery is finally going to be waived, according to Marc Stein of ESPN and multiple other reports.

The Blazers had brought him back on the roster this year but even then it was a reduced rate then his qualifying offer (more than $8 million) because they didn’t think he would contribute much. Then came word that a minor knee surgery became another microfracture. At that point everybody knew it was the end.

This move is not really a surprise. But it is the sunset on the Oden era.

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