Update by Chris M.: Just to clear up a few issues that are sure to crop up, during the qualifying offer year the Blazers’ ability to do anything with Oden will be severely limited. The qualifying offer gives Oden a no-trade clause, so the Blazers cannot trade him to a team without his consent. If the Blazers trade Oden and he consents, the new team does not inherit his Bird Rights, so an over-the-cap team would not trade for Oden during the qualifying offer year intending to re-sign him. If traded, he would enter free agency as a non-Bird free agent. Finally, the Blazers will not be able to negotiate an extension with him until his contract expires next summer.
via @jwquick (Jason Quick of the Oregonian)
BREAKING: Greg Oden will be a Trail Blazer next season. Agent Bill Duffy says Oden will sign 1-year qualifying offer on Friday for $8.9 mil
Greg Oden says he has been given clearance to cut, pivot and shoot when Blazers open training camp Friday, but no clearance for full contact
Oden says he’s “still a ways” from full-contact drills. “We want me to progress. We don’t want to push me out there too soon.”