Blazers: Oden suffers setback, may not play

Blazers: Oden suffers setback, may not play

Blazers: Oden suffers setback, may not play

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by Frank Mungeam

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Posted on December 9, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 9 at 6:17 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oft-injured center Greg Oden has suffered a medical setback and now may not play this season, the Trail Blazers said Friday as they announced terms of a one-year, $8.9 million deal.

"Following Greg's most recent physical examination and evaluation, we've determined that he has suffered a setback," said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller. "We're hopeful, but less confident that he will return to the court this season. We've stood by Greg from the day he was drafted and we continue to do so now with this agreement."

The contract announced Friday comes after both sides mutually agreed to negotiate a new deal that is independent of the qualifying offer.

"I'm obviously disappointed with the setback, but I'm as determined as ever to return to the court," said Oden in a written statement. "I appreciate the support of the Trail Blazers and our fans and that they continue to stand behind me."

Oden, 23, has averages of 9.4 points (57.7% FG), 7.3 rebounds, 1.43 blocks and 22.1 minutes in 82 games (60 starts). He has notched 21 double-doubles and grabbed 10-plus rebounds 26 times.

The first overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft out of Ohio State, Oden missed his rookie 2007-08 campaign after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee. He missed the 2010-11 season after microfracture surgery was performed on his left knee.

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