Greg Oden does not get extension, now playing in contract year

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This isn’t really a surprise to anyone, but it is of note and makes this year interesting for him:

Greg Oden will not get a contract extension from the Portland Trail Blazers, a team official confirmed to the Associated Press (and the Oregonian). He is the first No. 1 overall pick not to be offered an extension off his rookie deal since Kwame Brown.

The Blazers shouldn’t have offered him one, even if this had not been a tough year for the class of 2007 due to the changing Collective Bargaining Agreement. Oden has played 82 games in three years and is not on the court at the start of this season as he recovers, the risk is just too great.

Oden becomes a restricted free agent after this season, meaning any team can offer him a deal but the Blazers have the right to match.

He will get offers, because when he has played he’s been good. They will not be in the vicinity of max deals but they will come. Smart teams will make these a short deal with some team options on them for additional years. How much they are for will be based on how well he plays once he gets back on the floor — and if he can stay on the floor.

Report: Matt Barnes texted friend that he beat up Derek Fisher, spat in wife’s face

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Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes reportedly attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

New details are emerging, and they cast Barnes in an even worse light.

Ian Mohr of the New York Post:

Sources told The Post that Barnes became incensed when his 6-year-old twin sons, Carter and Isaiah, called to tell him that Fisher was at the house.

Following the dust-up, Barnes, 35, texted a pal that he had not only assaulted Fisher, 41, but also took revenge on Govan, one source said.

“I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.

If this becomes a criminal case, Barnes’ text could incriminate him.

In the court of public opinion, the presence of Barnes’ children and his spitting in his wife’s face make this even more disturbing.

Unfortunately, not everyone views it that way. Too many are laughing off the incident.

Albert Burneko of Deadspin had the best take I’ve seen on this situation:

When an accused domestic abuser shows up uninvited at a family party to—as a source put it to the New York Post—“beat the shit” out of someone for the offense of dating his ex, that is not a wacky character up to zany shenanigans. It is not reality TV melodrama or a cartoon or celebrities being silly. It is the behavior of a dangerous misogynist lunatic. It is an act of violent aggression. It is a man forcefully asserting personal property rights over a woman’s home, body, and life. It differs from what Ray Rice did in that elevator by degree, not by kind, and not by all that much.

I suggest reading it in full.