The Portland Trail Blazers were busy at the trade deadline, but at the same time, it was puzzling to say the least. Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford had been subject to trade rumors and linked to teams almost every day, but both of them will remain in a Blazers uniform...at least for the rest of the season.
Instead of dealing away Felton and Crawford, the Blazers severed ties with veterans Marcus Camby and Gerald Wallace and in return, they acquired Jonny Flynn, Hasheem Thabeet, Mehmet Okur's expiring contract and Shawne Williams' expiring contract. The team also announced that Nate McMillan's reign was officially over.
So needless to say, they were pretty busy. And they weren't done, either.
As first reported by ESPN yesterday,
"The Blazers waived Oden Thursday because they needed to create roster room to accommodate all the Portland players acquired earlier in the day in separate trades with New Jersey and Houston."
In December, the team and Oden restructured his contract, as his salary decreased from $9 million to $1.5 million for cap flexibility. But that doesn't necessarily mean anything now.
As we all know, Oden has been a major disappointment. Since being the No. 1 overall selection in the 2007 draft, the former Buckeye has played in a total of 82 games. Yes, 82 out of a possible 371 games.
The oft-injured big man just hasn't had things go his way since his arrival to the NBA. It's quite a shame, as Oden showed flashes of brilliance when he was actually on the court.
But he just hasn't been able to continually be on the court. Even though Oden is out with a season-ending injury, there are still likely to be teams out there that want to take a shot on him and have him on their roster for next season, especially if he comes at a cheap price.
There's no way Oden would receive a long-term deal from any team because of his past issues, so it'd be entirely plausible for a team to offer him a two-year, $3 million contract, or something of that nature.
He's worth the risk, believe it or not. For all we know, he can play in 60 or more games for the next few years and be the All-Star caliber player we were all hoping for. Or, he could continue to be the big man in the suit we always see on the bench.
But it's worth the risk in my opinion, and let's be honest, if Brian Scalabrine can take up a roster spot, Oden can, too.