Would you give Greg Oden a chance?

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-GeoffClankinsDaddy-
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Greg Oden who has been a bust since 2007, who has so much potential, just had the same surgery that Kobe Bryant and Alex Rod had. He will be playing basketball next year and 7 teams will be checking on his health. Are we one of those teams? Are we that worried about DJ? Probably not, but we should be. I think Reggie and K-Mart are great back up bigs. Tough, veterans, expiernced, fighters, play amazing defense, and grab boards. But IMHO we need a legit 7 foot big to go defend the bynums, the gasols, the duncans. I'm not saying Oden is that, but he COULD be that and more. Resigning Reggie is a MUST IMO. He is the perfect guy to have off the bench for a championship team. K-Mart might ask for 3-5 mill in the offseason IF he wants to come back with Chauncey. I would much rather take a chance on Oden who will probably only get 1 or 2 million. He is younger, bigger, stronger, and has WAY more potential if healthy. He can become a top 5 center maybe even the best with a new coach next year and the right system. He's way more offensively polished then DJ and is bigger and a better defender and rebounder. Him and Reggie off the bench will be HUGE and if he plays well and to his potential, he can easily become our center and be paired up for the future with Blake. Its a low risk HIGH REWARD thing because he will come cheap with TREMENDOUS potential. What do you think? Who should be our center/backup center? Would you get Oden for cheap over reggie or kmart? Do you think he can reach his potential or will he get injured again?

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no he should stick to his alcoholism

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Im sorry. I cant this dude can never stay healthy. He's a risk im not willing to take. Sad

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Id be willing to take a chance on him for a low price, but not if it called for us not being able to resign Reggie. I understand we have a lot of moving parts this offseason and K-MART may come with a large price tag, so if we can get Oden for a cheaper price than K-MART then lets try and sign him to a 1-2 yr low contract.

-GeoffClankinsDaddy-
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yup 1 year 1 million for Oden instead of Kmarts 3-5 million is a steal. Especially because Oden can do what kmart did on the defensive end, but also oden can score the ball and shoots free throws better not GOOD but better. He can become our starter and our center easily but it all depends on his health. It's a risk I'm willing to take even if it means giving up a key piece in kmart, anything to get dj out the starting lineup and this might be the most easiest way if all goes well.

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Yes , 1 year 4-5 mill contract with a 2 year team option if this guy manages to stay healthy he can become a defensive force.

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Oh, the life of an NBA player. Near retirement and you get a $4-5 million contract.

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WHAAAAA?

4-5 million...?

with his history...?

I'm all for giving the guy a shot, but not if it messes with our cap in any way. Surely nobody can see him as anything more than "a good bench guy to have up your sleeve IF he's healthy" until he proves otherwise.

Vet minimum... maybe he'll get lucky if someone's not using their mini MLE.

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Greg Oden wants to play THIS year! what do you guys think?

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Emphatic no.

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The title should read should oden take a chance with the clippers

Phu7
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give him a 10 day contract when he's ready to play

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^^^ LMFAO

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i agree with u Phu7. by the way, welcome to ctb eventhough u have already posted.

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Yes!

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Injury prone, and if that wasn't enough he has alcohol problems.

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I'm sure some of us have alcohol problems, and we have other injured players on our team.... so sure, why not. LOL! lol Veteran minimum, YES! YES! YES!

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LMFAO!

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thanks for the welcome Smile

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Why's BG crying on your avatar?

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The only reason I say think about it is we desperately need a backup big man, and his desperation to prove he can play and looking for any chance could bring a big reward for a team that can get lucky and keep him healthy.

If he's cheap. And by cheap I don't mean 5 mil.

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Sure... I'd give him a chance.

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He won't play this season. Combination of substance problems and rehab

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Cause he had to be on the court with Gomes.

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Yes yes

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Yes hell yes !! We have great team MD s !!! Lmao

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http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/22 ... ext_Season

7 teams interested in Oden!!!

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^ According to his agent... and agents have been known to overstate their clients' popularity.

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True but who wouldn't want to give the first overall pick a chance. Especially for a cheap contract. I would take a chance on him. If he gets it together he could possibly turn into a top 3 center in the NBA. I would definetly take my chances and I think it's safe to believe there at least 7 teams that are interested. It's a no brainer...

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ClipperSam wrote:
cleepers wrote:
^ According to his agent... and agents have been known to overstate their clients' popularity.

True but who wouldn't want to give the first overall pick a chance. Especially for a cheap contract. I would take a chance on him. If he gets it together he could possibly turn into a top 3 center in the NBA. I would definetly take my chances and I think it's safe to believe there at least 7 teams that are interested. It's a no brainer...

I agree and would do it in a heartbeat!! I'm glad someone posted this thread because I was hoping the clippers would call him...

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Ohhhhhhh of course. ODEN!!! The guy with the most durable knees in the history of pro sports. Is that why Portland cut him mid-season? Because he's just that good?

Should we call up Yao Ming while we're at it? Injuries? Pfffff doesn't matter, all we care about is the name attached to the product.

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ClipperSam wrote:
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^ According to his agent... and agents have been known to overstate their clients' popularity.

True but who wouldn't want to give the first overall pick a chance. Especially for a cheap contract. I would take a chance on him. If he gets it together he could possibly turn into a top 3 center in the NBA. I would definetly take my chances and I think it's safe to believe there at least 7 teams that are interested. It's a no brainer...

The phrases "take a chance" and "no-brainer" contradict each other. Either he is a risk, or he isn't... and Oden is.

Just how many dollars would you be prepared to see sitting in a suit behind the bench?

Personally, even the vet's minimum is a risk I'd think twice about taking.

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U know Grant hill was often injured. Yet he is still in the NBA. Ralph Sampson use to get hurt all the time. Yet he is still considered one of the best. Bill Walton was a HOF.

U just never know. What he could be. He could of just been young with a lot of money. He will be close to 25-26 next year. He might be smarter and more serious about continuing in the NBA. There is no loss on taking a chance on a 25 yr old gifted Center.

Centers are the most difficult to find today. Any team with a true Center makes them very difficult. Just look how D12 is holding the NBA hostage coming off Back Surgery. A true talented Center can turn the fortunes of a franchise. That is why he was drafted over Durant of all people. He was projected to be better. That talent doesn't go away. He just needs to have the proper attitude and conditioning. When u run out of money and are blesses with talent. Normally u find a way to make it happen. I think Oden still has a bright future and could possibly a HOF center. If he can remain fairly healthy. Even if at worse he was a backup to DJ. What would be the worst thing that happens. He could teach him how to be a true center. Just by practicing. If motivated landing Oden could be as huge for us as the Lakers getting Nash. I believe it would be huge for us to pick him up. Plus what are alternatives not much. Guys that will put up 6pts 5 boards and a block at best. Oden can do those things with 1 leg and blind folded.

2 teams seriously interested are Miami and Boston.

Why would u think those top orgs want him. He would be a huge pick up for the Clippers.

CP3 would be a great influence to groom him.

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cleepers wrote:
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^ According to his agent... and agents have been known to overstate their clients' popularity.

True but who wouldn't want to give the first overall pick a chance. Especially for a cheap contract. I would take a chance on him. If he gets it together he could possibly turn into a top 3 center in the NBA. I would definetly take my chances and I think it's safe to believe there at least 7 teams that are interested. It's a no brainer...

The phrases "take a chance" and "no-brainer" contradict each other. Either he is a risk, or he isn't... and Oden is.

Just how many dollars would you be prepared to see sitting in a suit behind the bench?

Personally, even the vet's minimum is a risk I'd think twice about taking.

No your wrong.

No take a Chance because

We need a back up big. I don't see many quality bigs that the Clips can afford for the Vets Min. Greg Oden has Star or even Superstar potential. At worst he is a quality back up to DJ. Teaches him and practices against him. The chance that he might get hurt again. He can still remain and teach DJ. So there is Virtually no risk. The upside can be huge more than the losses.

Therefore it is definetly a NO Brainer.

Cleepers come on man. This should be a easy one. Me and u shouldn't have to disagree about every topic.

This one should be a easy fit for everyone and a very exciting one.

I really believe the Clips have to try to get this one done.

Like I said it should be a No Brainer...

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^ His legs are different lengths. He has had major injuries every year he's been in the league. He is a confessed alcoholic.

And you say there's no risk?

"No-brainer" indeed.

p.s. "You're" = you are. "Your" = belonging to you. wink

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i agree with cleepers. the guy needs to get his life back in order by seeking treatment for his alcoholism. then he needs to finally get healthy. he might not play this entire season. it will be close to 3 years since oden has played in the NBA. he is the definition of high risk. plus he wont take the vet minimum. his minimum is probably going to be of about 5 million dollars per year. at this point, if we could bid on him id take darko milicic ahead of oden.

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He's low risk high reward, never really much of an issue with given a guy like that a chance. He isn't the type of guy that is a team disruptive person and could cause problems on the team, he's just injury prone.

So you sign him to the minimum for a guy that has played as long as him on a 2 year non-guaranteed contract, and the only issue is that he takes a roster space. At the least you reach out to him and Conley Sr. and tell him that you are interested when he believes he is ready.

There is really little loss, only thing is that it might get some fans hopes up and then he won't be healthy and they will be disappointed.

He's delusional if he thinks anyone will pay him $5M. I'm not sure how you define high risk, but what exactly would be the risk of adding a minimum contract 13th man to the team? That is not high risk. High risk would be signing him to be your starting C. He is a high risk to get injured, but a team is taking a high risk by signing him to be their end of the bench player that could possibly get healthy and contribute.

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-GeoffClankinsDaddy- wrote:
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Id be willing to take a chance on him for a low price, but not if it called for us not being able to resign Reggie. I understand we have a lot of moving parts this offseason and K-MART may come with a large price tag, so if we can get Oden for a cheaper price than K-MART then lets try and sign him to a 1-2 yr low contract.

yup 1 year 1 million for Oden instead of Kmarts 3-5 million is a steal. Especially because Oden can do what kmart did on the defensive end, but also oden can score the ball and shoots free throws better not GOOD but better. He can become our starter and our center easily but it all depends on his health. It's a risk I'm willing to take even if it means giving up a key piece in kmart, anything to get dj out the starting lineup and this might be the most easiest way if all goes well.

This is the problem with the NBA. $1 million is still a lot for a guy who has a lot to prove. He should be offered six figures. But thanks to the greediest Players' Association in all of sports AKA the NBAPA, even injury-prone players that have done squat in the league should be making 7 figures just because they are "veterans."

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He'd be a great pick up.. almost perfect if we could get him and use him in very limited minutes.

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considering our complete lack of depth and his relatively higher pricetag, id say no. if we had a capable center playing for us right now, then id say yes.

backup center isnt a low-risk position for us right now. we're talking about a position with a potentially large role.

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With 96 minutes at C and DJ, Odom and Blake on the team, while the backup C will be important, the "largeness" of the role might not be as great as you are portraying it. One wouldn't just get Oden and no one else though, you would have a safety net player also. Seemingly, all the C's left are that caliber of player anyways.

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Agent0 wrote:
He's low risk high reward, never really much of an issue with given a guy like that a chance. He isn't the type of guy that is a team disruptive person and could cause problems on the team, he's just injury prone.

So you sign him to the minimum for a guy that has played as long as him on a 2 year non-guaranteed contract, and the only issue is that he takes a roster space. At the least you reach out to him and Conley Sr. and tell him that you are interested when he believes he is ready.

There is really little loss, only thing is that it might get some fans hopes up and then he won't be healthy and they will be disappointed.

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is the definition of high risk. plus he wont take the vet minimum. his minimum is probably going to be of about 5 million dollars per year. at this point, if we could bid on him id take darko milicic ahead of oden.
He's delusional if he thinks anyone will pay him $5M. I'm not sure how you define high risk, but what exactly would be the risk of adding a minimum contract 13th man to the team? That is not high risk. High risk would be signing him to be your starting C. He is a high risk to get injured, but a team is taking a high risk by signing him to be their end of the bench player that could possibly get healthy and contribute.

i get where u are coming from, but i do see oden as a high risk because those who want the clips to try to sign him dont see him as a 13th man. they see him as the backup center. however i think its a moot point to talk about oden right now since hes probably out for this season. but i get what u are saying agent0.

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Feel bad for him for getting injured so much. Portland has an injury cloud over them and everyone gets injured: Oden, Roy, Aldridge!

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