Freeland, Claver Finally Coming Over?
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/11/2012 10:33 AM


    Victor Claver photo courtesy of Rueters/2010

    *UPDATE* Freeland & Claver Expected To Sign With Trail Blazers According To Ken Berger & Chris Haynes

    Joel Freeland And Victor Claver Will Factor Into Trail Blazers' Summer Plans - via Joe Freeman
    The former first-round draft picks have spent the past few seasons in the Spanish ACB League developing their games and preparing for a move to the world's highest level of basketball, and it appears the time to make that move finally has arrived. Two members of the Blazers' front office, Joe Cronin and Steve Rosenberry, traveled to Europe last week to visit the duo, and both expressed a desire to make the leap to the NBA next season.
    "We'd really like to bring them both over," Blazers interim general manager Chad Buchanan said. "We're going to be aggressive to get them signed and get them in a Blazers uniform next season. Any deal will have to make sense for Joel, for Victor and for the Blazers and our offseason plans. But if we had a choice, we'd like to get them both signed."
    "The NBA is a dream for him," Calvo said of Freeland. "That's the top of the mountain for any basketball player. But it's something that has to come at the right time with the right conditions. It's a big jump for my client in all respects. It's not all about money. He has to go to a situation where his basketball can keep growing ... where he's going to have a very important role. He's not going to go to a team to watch games on the bench, where there are three players in front of him."
    Buchanan said Freeland's offensive repertoire features a solid midrange jumper and a consistent jump hook, and he excels playing in the high post as well as at the elbow. The Blazers, who are desperate for frontline help, also like Freeland's toughness and "motor." The England native, who will compete in the Summer Olympics, is expected to visit the United States for two weeks in June to play in a series of exhibition games in Houston.

    "Joel has put in his time over there and gotten better," Buchanan said. "He's ready for a new challenge. I would definitely say that he's a priority for us."
     "We're high on both players," Cronin said. "And they are intrigued about the possibility of coming over. Nothing is a lock, but there is a good chance it will happen this year. We'd be very happy if we could get them over next year."
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    I've been wanting to see Freeland in a Trail Blazers uniform ever since we drafted him back in 2006 and he could also be an affordable post addition. Freeland's name was always the one who got tossed around in regards to our overseas players coming to the States, so it's a little out of left field to hear that Claver playing in Rip City is a real possibility. I haven't seen Joel play since he suited up for our Summer League team all the way back in 2006 but according to Chad Buchanan's report, he seems to be an offensively skilled big man, something we could definitely use next to LaMarcus Aldridge. The best part about adding Freeland is that he just turned 25 in February so he hasn't hit his peak yet and judging by his statistics overseas, he seems to be progressing quite nicely. Claver, on the other hand, will turn 24 in September, seems to have a lot of the qualities that a Travis Outlaw brought to the table when he played the stretch four for us. According to his Draft Express profile, Victor's strengths are his ability to finish around the basket, athleticism, 3-Pt range, and ability to catch and shoot. If for nothing else, let's bring them over to Vegas for Summer League and see what they've got!

    Joel Freeland's Stats (courtesy of Draft Express)-


    Victor Claver's Stats (courtesy of Draft Express)-

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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 05/11/2012 8:05 PM

    Until I see these guys with a jersey, shaking hands with Coach Kaleb, I ain't gettin' too excited.
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  1. BDawg
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    Posted 05/12/2012 3:36 PM

    Where do I sign for season tix?!  (Yawn...not a time to be shopping for NBA players at the Dollar Tree)
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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 05/13/2012 1:45 PM

    Posted By Tobyus Sanchezo on 05/11/2012 8:05 PM
    Until I see these guys with a jersey, shaking hands with Coach Kaleb, I ain't gettin' too excited.

    I might not even get excited then. Unless they both have killer intangible impacts on games, neither has very impressive numbers, and you can always expect a Euro's stats to take a pretty significant dive during his first NBA season. 10-minute role players at best. How about a starting Center, PG, and SF while you're at it?
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 05/13/2012 6:20 PM

    I like Freeland but his rebound numbers are a concern. I want a big time rebounder to pair with LA or we need some big time rebounders from our PG, SG and SF we won't get that from Matthews, Batum and I do not really see it among any of the free agent point guards.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/21/2012 10:35 AM

    It seems like if we re-sign Hickson and Batum along with bringing over these two, plus as many as 4 draft picks that our cap space will be pretty non-existent. We need to be sure that bringing over Freeland and Claver is worth cutting into our cap room.
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  1. barnettfan
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    Posted 05/21/2012 1:39 PM

    trying to train Batum took 5 years and he still reverts to euroball, not thinking this is a good idea. I would rather keep Batum than have to go through another 5 years hoping to get something out of them. It seems about 1% of europlayers can contribute over here about like our soccer does over there.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/23/2012 12:40 PM

    Freeland Given NBA Deadline-
     Joel Freeland has been given until July 10 to agree a €1 million buyout with Unicaja Malaga if he wants to jump to the NBA next season.
    “I want to win something and if it can be in (Malaga), all the better. I have a contract here and that’s all I’m thinking about. Like every player, I’d also love to play in the NBA. If I get the opportunity this summer, I don’t know. I can’t say if I’d say yes or no.”
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/23/2012 1:00 PM

    Victor Claver could make the jump to the NBA next season - via Marca

    The article was written entirely in Spanish so here are some of the highlights translated-
    Victor Claver could undertake the adventure of the NBA next season.  The versatile Spanish international, who this season has averaged 8.4 points and 3.5 rebounds in the league Endesa, values ​​seriously make the leap this summer to the Portland Trail Blazers.
     Claver has existing contract with Valencia Basketball (with the one just to qualify to the semifinals of the League Endesa), but has a very affordable exit clause.
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  1. benh7777
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    Posted 05/23/2012 4:20 PM

    I thought I heard Claver already opted to stay where he was. He has a bum knee anyway, he had high potential before the injury but since he has returned he hasn't shown it. Portland also would have to use salary cap space to sign him even though they have the rights to him, it has been like 3 or 4 years since they drafted him.

    Leave Claver but I like Freeland.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 07/11/2012 9:25 AM

    Ken Berger reports that as long as Freeland gets a buyout from his overseas club, he'll be on the roster next season-


    And Chris Haynes expects Victor Claver to sign as well-



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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 07/11/2012 9:39 AM

    The rebuilding has begun
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 07/11/2012 9:44 AM

    British jouranlist Ian Whittell is reporting that we have indeed signed Joel Freeland-
    as per reports in spain, Joel Freeland has agreed a 3 year $9 million deal to play with NBA Trailblazers next season. great news
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 07/11/2012 10:47 AM

    Sportando is also reporting that Joel Freeland will be on his way to Rip City next season as well barring a buyout could be agreed upon-
     Unicaja Malaga officially announced that Joel Freeland asked to leave the team for the NBA. Portland, Freeland and Malaga are now discussing the buyout. 


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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 07/11/2012 11:04 AM

    Joe Freeman is also reporting the same-
     After 2-day pursuit, I finally reached Joel Freeland's agent, Rafa Calvo, who confirms reports that and Freeland are close to deal.
    There are some issues with Malaga buyout, however. The can pay 500,000 Euro, but Freeland and his camp must come up with the rest.
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  1. postedbailblazers
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    Posted 07/11/2012 7:46 PM

    This will ad intrigue and some depth.  Interested to see what comes of these two.
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  1. postedbailblazers
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    Posted 07/11/2012 7:46 PM

    This will ad intrigue and some depth.  Interested to see what comes of these two.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 07/12/2012 10:36 AM

    We do have some depth now just not sure this was such a great move. But both contracts seem reasonable
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