After a short, injury filled career, the Portland Trailblazers have waived their former number one pick Greg Oden. Oden played in just 82 games since the Blazers took him over Kevin Durant with the first selection in the 2007 draft due to his injuries. 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. Portland didn’t stop there, firing coach Nate McMillan and trading Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby in separate deals. McMillan got his walking papers one day after a 42-point loss to the Knicks in New York. Assistant coach Caleb Kanales will be the interim head coach.
Portland is 20-23 and in 12th place in the West. McMillan went 266-269 in over six seasons as coach of the Blazers and led them to the playoffs the previous three seasons.