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Greg Oden won't be re-signed

NEW YORK -- The Portland Trail Blazers won't offer a
contract extension to former No. 1 pick Greg Oden before the Monday
deadline, a team spokesman said Saturday.

The Oregonian reported Friday that the Blazers and Oden's
representatives agreed there would be no extension, making the
oft-injured center the first top pick since Kwame Brown not to get
one at the end of his rookie contract. Teams have until Monday to
reach deals with first-round picks from the 2007 draft.

But Portland hasn't seen enough of Oden, who has played in only
82 games since he was picked ahead of Kevin Durant. He has been
sidelined since fracturing his left patella last Dec. 5.

Bill Duffy, head of the agency that represents Oden, told AOL
FanHouse on Tuesday that Oden would not be signing an extension
before the deadline.

Oden will be a restricted free agent next summer and the Blazers
will be able to match any offers for him.

The Blazers exercised their fourth-year options on the contracts
of Nicolas Batum and Rudy Fernandez, they announced after their
100-95 victory over the New York Knicks.