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Freeman: Blazers Want To Bring Over Joel Freeland, Victor Claver

Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports that Portland Trail Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan remains interested in bringing 2006 Draft pick Joel Freeland, and possibly 2009 Draft pick Victor Claver, to the NBA for the 2012-2013 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." ... And even though Portland holds the rights to both players, it has been three draft classes since the Blazers acquired them, so they essentially will be treated as free agents, meaning the Blazers will have to use cap space or part of their midlevel exception to sign them. Buchanan said the team will reach out to both players before free agency starts on July 1, but negotiations could drag out well into the free agent signing period. --------------------------------- text edited, bumped to front page

Joel Freeland's season is over - next step?

Joel Freeland's Unicaja Malaga team had a season uncannily like Portland's. It started with such promise: they led the league after the first few games and Freeland was MVP of the first month: B...

Article on Claver


Valencia is on a tear and Claver is given credit as captain.

Batum's favorite coach


Batum's favorite coach

Freeland's team (Unicaja Malaga) fires its coach


See, the links with Portland are uncanny! Dunno what this means for the prospects of getting him next season. I think he was probably pretty unhappy with the current coach, since he had been increasingly marginalized.

Victor Claver 13 points vs. Real Madrid


Victor Claver 13 points vs. Real Madrid

Aldridge: Blazers/Bobcats Talk Crawford For Augustin Trade?

David Aldridge of reports that the Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Bobcats might consider a guard swap. ------------------------------- It's obvious that Crawford and Nate McMillan aren't working. Nobody really thought they would, but the lack of money available elsewhere for Crawford made a two-year deal with Portland for $10 million the only contract worth signing. Now, though, the Blazers are looking to cut their losses. Initially, a deal with Minnesota, which coveted Crawford initially, seemed like a no-brainer, with the Blazers re-patriating Luke Ridnour to Oregon. But Ricky Rubio's season-ending ACL tear Friday has made that potential deal much less likely, with the Wolves needing to hold onto their veteran point guard. So, now, according to a source, there's a chance Crawford winds up with the Bobcats in a potential deal for guard D.J. Augustin. Augustin has played just fine this season, but he's expendable now that Kemba Walker is there. ------------------------------- Charlotte is tanking hard this season and Crawford is on the books for $5 million, while Augustin makes $3.2 million. Obviously some other meaningful asset and/or wheelbarrows of cash would need to be included by Portland for Bobcats GM Rich Cho to consider this idea. Given Augustin's contract status (final year of rookie deal) and Portland's need at the point guard position, this likely won't be the last time team and player are linked between now and whenever he signs his next contract. Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer confirms that the Blazers are interested in Augustin. Also, Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reports that the Indiana Pacers are also chasing Augustin. Text edited. Bumped to front page. -- Ben Golliver | | Twitter

Steve Aschburner gives some Bold Blazer Love


It sounds like it's more out of pity than genuine expectation, though. And David Aldridge doesn't seem to realize that Brandon coming back wouldn't do us any good.

Jim Buss (Lakers) interested in Felton?


According to Roland Lazenby: "I guess there's also noise again about Raymond Felton." and "Those Felton marbles are rolling around in Jimbo land." and "The fact that Felton has fallen in favor in Portland seems to be the straw stirring this thing."

Gibson: Joel Freeland Says Blazers Still In Play For 2012

Nick Gibson of has an update on international Portland Trail Blazers big man Joel Freeland, was is reportedly close to signing a contract extension with Unicaja Malaga of Spain's ACB league. The deal would reportedly include a lofty buyout figure, among other enticements aimed at keeping Freeland, one of Europe's premier big man, with Malaga and away from the NBA. ------------------------------- "We’ve always been talking since day one but there’s no agreement at this point," said Freeland. When another reporter asked Freeland if Portland could do anything to sway him, Freeland went on the defensive. "I’ve never said that I didn’t want to be [in Portland]. I never have said that," he responded. "If the situation’s right and I feel like I’m ready, then I’ll make that step obviously. But you know, I’m here, I’m focusing on [Unicaja] at the moment." ------------------------------- Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan urged caution in reading the reports and details of the extension and said multiple times the Blazers will continue to work to land Freeland for the 2012-2013 season. Ed: text edited, bumped to front page -- Ben Golliver | | Twitter

Report: Joel Freeland Agrees To Contract Extension With Unicaja Malaga

A little more than a week ago, the agent for for international Portland Trail Blazers big man Joel Freeland was quoted by Spanish publication La Opinion De Malaga saying that Spanish club Unicaja Malaga was close to inking a contract extension with his client. On Tuesday, La Opinion De Malaga reports that the agreement is "practically closed." A translation provides the following details... ------------------------------ Joel Freeland has agreed with Unicaja Malaga to extend the contract with the Spanish team, according to La Opinion de Malaga. The new contract of the British big man with Unicaja Malaga will have a €2.7M buyout clause. The deal should be official after Copa del Rey who will be played till Sunday in Barcelona. His agent, Falo Calvo, said that Joel Freeland doesn't want to play in any other team different from Malaga, not even an NBA team once he will sign the new agreement. ------------------------------ Freeland, 25, has been a standout for Unicaja Malaga this season, winning ACB player of the month honors before suffering an ankle injury. Ed: Many thanks to Meru for posting this. Headline and text updated. -- Ben Golliver | | Twitter

The best (American) PG not in the NBA? (Or just a short gunner?)


The best (American) PG not in the NBA? (Or just a short gunner?)

Freeland #3 in Euroleague top ten


Freeland #3 in Euroleague top ten

Joel Freeland injured


That's how you know he's a Trail Blazer.

Why 83?


Why 83?

He's here...


He's here...

What's with Armon's finger?


What's with Armon's finger?

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