HoopsHype Fabricio Oberto rumors

November 7, 2010 Updates

Fabricio Oberto, the center from Argentina who announced his retirement this week, showed up in San Antonio on Friday to visit with his good friends Manu Ginobili, of the Spurs, and Luis Scola, whose Houston Rockets arrived in town for tonight’s game against the Spurs at AT&T Center. Naturally, the three members of Argentina’s 2004 Olympic gold medal winning team went out to dinner, and this time they invited a Brazilian to join them. Spurs rookie Tiago Splitter had gotten to know Oberto well when the two played in Spain. “We broke our rule and added a Brazilian guy to our table,” Scola said. San Antonio Express-News

November 5, 2010 Updates

So the Blazers will put Oberto, a 2007 NBA champion with the Spurs, on waivers Friday and will be able to use most of his $854,389 salary to put towards a big man to replace him -- at least until Greg Oden and/or Joel Pryzbilla return from injuries. It may not seem like a lot by NBA standards, but remember to double it because the Blazers are paying luxury tax. Pretty generous parting gift from a guy who logged a total of 45 minutes over five games with the Blazers. CBSSports.com

Some sad news out of Portland late Thursday - Blazer big man Fabricio Oberto has unexpectedly announced his retirement due to recurrent palpitations related to a prior cardiac condition. Oberto experienced lightheadedness and dizziness during the first half of Portland’s game at Milwaukee on Nov. 2 and was just expected to miss a few games. But thinking forward, Oberto made a good decision and has put basketball second to his health. "I made this decision to put my health and my family in front of basketball," said Oberto in a press release. "It was a tough decision to make after playing for so many years, but it was the right one." CBSSports.com

In his sixth season in the NBA, Oberto appeared in each of Portland’s first five games, averaging 1.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 9.0 minutes. “We want to thank Fabricio for his professionalism and hard work during his short time here,” said Trail Blazers General Manager Rich Cho in the release. “It's unfortunate to lose him, but we respect his decision to do what's best for his health and his family.” CBSSports.com

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Blazers GM Rich Cho said he has contacted NBA veteran Fabricio Oberto about his interest in returning to the NBA, but refuted published reports that the Blazers had offered the former San Antonio Spurs forward a contract. Oregonian

October 18, 2010 Updates

The Trail Blazers’ revolving door of rumored big man targets now includes Fabricio Oberto, a 6-foot-10 Argentinian with five seasons of NBA experience. But reports suggesting that Oberto is weighing a contract offer from the Blazers are premature. Blazers general manager Rich Cho acknowledged that the Blazers have been in contact with Oberto — and a host of other centers — since Jeff Pendergraph was lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. But Cho also said the Blazers have not extended a formal contract offer to the one-time San Antonio Spurs center. “I’ve asked about him, but we’re not close to doing anything,” Cho said of Oberto. Oregonian

October 15, 2010 Updates

Fabricio Oberto: I'm going to wait for an NBA offer, I know there are teams interested." Also, right now there's no chance to sign with a top European team. "There wasn't the interest we expected." La Mañana de Cordoba

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