It would seem he is undergoing surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee. The Blazers have already said they are not going to extend Oden, meaning that Greg will be a restricted free agent going into this summer. It just so happens the Pacers have some cap space going into this summer. My question to all is quite simply, "Would you sign this guy?" I'm in favor of signing him and will offer my argument for doing so after the jump.
Greg Oden's injury concerns have been well-documented. He's broken his wrist, undergone microfacture surgery on his knee, twisted his ankle, sprained his foot, and, obviously, most recently damaged cartilage in his knee. For a guy that's 22 years old, that's quite an impressive list of injuries. However, I think a good portion of those injuries are just bad luck. Ankle injuries resulting from falling on another players foot. Broken wrist is simply a freak accident. Knee surgery is as serious as it once was, there is precedence for players coming back from such surgery and remaining at the high level they were at before being injured. Amare Stoudemire comes to mind. I'm willing to overlook injures to a certain degree and he hasn't reached my limit yet.
When Oden has played he has played very well. Last year, before injury obviously, he averaged 11 PPG, 8.5 Rbs, and 2.3 Blks in 23 MPG. He did all that while shooting at 60% from the field and 76% from the line. Those are some very respectable numbers, especially for a 22 year old (he played in 21 games). Oden can finish with either hand, a result of his broken wrist actually. I believe it's reasonable to believe he could continue to improve as every player does as they age.
I firmly believe that we should sign him, because I believe it's plausible that we could get him for a steal. Even if he doesn't work out, that being becoming a starter and perhaps a "star", Oden could still prove to be a valuable backup center. Something this team lacks at this point in time. I would love to have Hibbert and Oden starting together, I think it could work. Plus, he's a local guy and he might just flourish coming home, be a nice story.