Originally written on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 11/28/11
Oden_small

As teams prepare to usher in training camps with the NBA lockout nearing its end, one player the Portland Trail Blazers and their fans will be looking to is Greg Oden.

I don't need to rehash his situation. By now you all know what's been going on with the health of his knee and inability to stay on the court for a full season with Portland.

And though his agent, Mike Conley, says his client is back and ready to go, comes this tidbit from Conley himself (via oregonlive.com):

The restricted free agent center has not been cleared to participate in scrimmages or any basketball-related activities that include contact, according to his agent, Mike Conley. He has been cleared to run, ride a bike and participate in non-contact basketball drills — shooting, dribbling, etc. — but there remains no time line for a possible return.

So he can't scrimmage, nor is he cleared to do any basketball-related activities. That shouldn't instill confidence in Portland's front office and coaching staff.

Granted, Conley did state Oden is holding steady.

“There have not been any setbacks,” Conley said Saturday of Oden’s health. “That’s the best way to word it. Doctors really did not give him a hard time line (for a return) ... but he’s working hard and trying his best to get back.”

All this just adds up to the question: Do the Trail Blazers still want to invest in a player who just hasn't panned out?

The team did offer their restricted free-agent an $8.8 million qualifying offer before the lockout but again, does this sound like a player who is ready to go this season health-wise? It's been four years since Oden went number one overall in the 2007 NBA Draft and yet here Portland is, still waiting. Hoping Oden can turn out to be the player everyone thought he can be.

Sure, who is to say he is that player and how he just needs to get healthy. But that's the trick. Will he ever be healthy enough to withstand an entire NBA season, play to his best and remain injury free?

What is past is prologue for Portland, and that $8.8 million can go to another player in free-agency.

And although Conley feels his client will remain in Portland (because what other team would dish out that kind of money for a fragile player), the team should just cut its losses. How much longer can they wait?

[follow]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

John Daly taken to hospital after collapsing on course

Rex Ryan keeping Bills' starting quarterback a secret

Braves fan dies after falling from upper deck

Randall Cobb suffers shoulder injury vs. Eagles

WATCH: John Harbaugh, Jay Gruden get into shouting match

WATCH: Brian Hartline drags toes on great TD catch

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Julio Jones, Falcons agree on 5-year contract extension

WATCH: Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion blasts three homers, extends hit streak

WATCH: Usain Bolt does LeBron stomp dance after relay win

WATCH: Vick's first pass as a Steeler is a 63-yard bomb

WATCH: Montana's Ben Roberts makes amazing TD catch

Report: Robert Griffin III doesn’t believe he ever had a concussion

American Pharoah upset at Travers Stakes

Steve Smith joins family in stands after getting ejected from game

WATCH: Cordarrelle Patterson rips off 107-yard return TD

Steve Sarkisian giving up most of USC's playcalling duties

Animal shelter cancels fundraiser at Heinz Field

Mets acquire RP Addison Reed from Diamondbacks

WATCH: James Rodriguez scores unreal goals

Vin Scully: I believe next year will be my last

Charles Barkley wants to blow his former agent’s brains out

The Texas Rangers are firing on all cylinders

WATCH: Rutgers ends training camp with dance off

WATCH: Rays outfielder fooled by Tropicana Field catwalk

Ranking the five most dysfunctional NFL teams

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Fantasy football round-by-round draft strategy

Ronda Rousey's Carl’s Jr. ad

The WWE Divas Revolution is getting ugly

The NFL’s season kickoff isn’t going as planned, but plans don’t matter in the NFL

The Opening Drive: What happened to all the great Michigan tailbacks?

The 1980s Lakers represent the NBA’s ultimate creation story

The Orioles’ frustrating season

Five greatest NBA players of all-time

Finding signs of life for the Red Sox

10 NFL players set for down seasons in 2015

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker