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Greg Oden spent a fair portion of his Thursday morning on a treadmill at the Trail Blazers practice facility, with a towel around his neck, running.

He lifted weights. He stretched. He worked with enough vigor to make me think he still has a future in the NBA at a time when the Blazers lack front-court depth.

But I also couldn't help but wonder whether that future will be in Portland.

Basically, is this it?

I don't think it is. In fact, the Oden story feels half-finished. But I suspect this entire thing is going to hinge not on his health, or his role with the Blazers, but on just how much he likes Portland.

More on that in a bit.

First, know Oden stayed late. His workout was extensive. Teammate Marcus Camby, who had terrific post players Patrick Ewing and Larry Johnson to work with early in his own career, looked in at Oden and told me, "I've been here a year, right? And I really haven't had a chance to work out with Greg and play alongside him."
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