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Portland released Greg Oden. End of long and winding road.

Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, OR - OCTOBER 10: Greg Oden of the Portland Trail Blazers, on crutches and is out for the season after under going micro fracture surgery in his knee, prior to a preseason game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Rose Garden Arena on October 10, 2007 in Portland, Oregon. The Blazers won 111-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Sam Forencich

In it’s trade deadline moves Thursday, Portland took on a number of players (with expiring contracts, to free up cap space to rebuild on the fly) but in doing so at the end of the day they had 17 guys on the 15-man roster. Cuts had to be made.

One of those is Greg Oden.

The 2007 No. 1 overall pick who has not been on an NBA court in three years and is headed for a third microfracture surgery is finally going to be waived, according to Marc Stein of ESPN and multiple other reports.

The Blazers had brought him back on the roster this year but even then it was a reduced rate then his qualifying offer (more than $8 million) because they didn’t think he would contribute much. Then came word that a minor knee surgery became another microfracture. At that point everybody knew it was the end.

This move is not really a surprise. But it is the sunset on the Oden era.