The Portland Trail Blazers, as you may have heard, kind of have a problem with healthy bigs. Greg Oden, still out. Joel Przybilla, still out. Jeff Pendergraph, now out for the year. Basically, if I’m Marcus Camby, I’m investing in tape. Lots and lots of tape. And the Blazers, apparently, are investing in a new big man.
Marc Stein reports:
Sources told ESPN.com that Oberto — who has turned down several offers from Europe in recent weeks because he was determined to keep playing in the NBA — is joining the Blazers on a one-year deal to fortify their depth as Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla continue to recover from the serious knee injuries they suffered last season.
Oberto is a body. That’s pretty much it. He’s 35 years old, has never been exceptional at any one element, and has health issues himself (because, you know, he’s 35). But he’s a veteran that should be able to provide help while the Blazers get healthy with their younger guys. Marcus Camby should benefit from having Oberto do help do the dirty work, as should LaMarcus Aldridge. Just don’t expect wonders. This is a stop gap.
As Ben Golliver notes, this probably means the Blazers will release Jeff Pendergraph. Which is just kind of cruel, but necessary.