Blazers sign Oden, send No. 1 to summer league

Updated: July 3, 2007, 12:39 AM ET
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers announced Monday that they have signed Greg Oden, the No. 1 overall pick in last week's NBA draft.

Greg Oden

Oden

In accordance with the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, Oden's deal will be for two years, with team options for the third and fourth seasons. Oden will make $3.885 million as a rookie and $4.176 in Year 2. If they pick up the option in the third year, his salary will be $4.476 million.

Oden, a 7-foot center from Ohio State, signed his contract Sunday and immediately started working out with the other players on Portland's summer league roster, impressing teammates with his powerful dunks and ability to block shots.

"One shot I couldn't block, and he came over my shoulder and blocked it; I was amazed," said power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 draft. "And he dunked everything around the rim."

Oden, Aldridge and second-year guard Sergio Rodriguez headline Portland's Las Vegas Summer League team, which opens its five-game schedule Friday against the Boston Celtics.

Monty Williams, the assistant coach who will run the team's summer league entry, told The Oregonian newspaper that Oden will likely play up to 35 minutes in each of the first three games.

The Trail Blazers also signed second-round picks Josh McRoberts, the forward from Duke, and Florida guard Taurean Green.

Petteri Koponen, the Finnish point guard who was the final pick of the first round, signed a waiver that allows him to play in the summer league.


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