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Deeks: Greg Oden's Impending Free Agency

Salary cap guru Mark Deeks of ShamSports.com has been moonlighting over at the New York Times' Off The Dribble Blog. Today, he takes on Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden's impending free agency. Deeks breaks down the summer situation facing the Blazers in great detail and concludes that it's a giant mess... ----------------------------- Portland must find a balance between paying Oden what he’s worth and paying him what he might be worth. More importantly, however, they must find a balance between tying him up for a helpful amount of time, lest his health turn the corner, and mitigating the financial damage should his health not improve. This is exactly what they didn’t do with Brandon Roy’s maximum salary contract, and unless Roy grows new knees, it will hurt them in the foreseeable future. Oden’s qualifying offer might represent the compromise, but it might also compound the problem. Or maybe the lockout will render all that irrelevant. Time will tell. ----------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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