Greg Oden to accept Blazers' offer

Updated: December 8, 2011, 5:08 PM ET
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Center Greg Oden, Portland's often-injured former No. 1 draft pick, will sign the Trail Blazers' $8.9 million qualifying offer on Friday, Oden's agent said.

Agent Bill Duffy confirmed Thursday that Oden would sign the one-year deal when the team opens training camp. But it is not clear when Oden, who is coming off left knee surgery, might be available to play for the Blazers.

The deal, first reported by The Oregonian newspaper, means that Oden will become an unrestricted ...

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