Blazers waive former No. 1 pick Oden

Blazers waive former No. 1 pick Oden

Credit: AP

FILE- In this Oct. 18, 2009, file photo, Denver Nuggets' Kenyon Martin (4) defends as Portland Trail Blazers' Greg Oden passes the ball during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore. After an inconsistent debut season, Oden reinvented himself during the summer by shedding 15 pounds, adding a couple of new moves and changing his attitude. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 5:38 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Trail Blazers have waived center Greg Oden, ending the former No. 1 overall pick's disappointing career in Portland.

Oden was limited to just 82 games by injuries since the Blazers took him over Kevin Durant with the first selection in the 2007 draft. He recently underwent his third microfracture knee surgery, the second on his left to go with one on the right.

Oden averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots. He will become an unrestricted free agent next season.

The Blazers were busy Thursday on trade deadline day after collapsing and falling out of the Western Conference playoff standings. They fired coach Nate McMillan and traded Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby in separate deals.

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