HoopsHype Joel Freeland rumors

July 10, 2012 Updates

There was a report today in the Spanish media that you had a buyout and you had to pay for the buyout Tuesday at the latest in order to be able to go to the NBA. Is that accurate? Joel Freeland: I don't know the exact details, but there is a buyout that has to be paid. I don't know if there's a time limit. HoopsHype

How's Luol Deng doing? Joel Freeland: A player like him, he doesn't need to be at 100 percent to play great. He's a player that can bring different things to the court all the time. With his experience, he's always helping other people. He does all the things we need him to do. Even if he's not at 100 percent physically, it doesn't show. When he's playing you can't tell if he's not 100 percent. HoopsHype

July 8, 2012 Updates
June 25, 2012 Updates

Weekend visit in Houston with Joel Freeland. Neil Olshey: For me it was information gathering. We had a really nice time with Joel. We got to see a couple of practices. We had a nice dinner with him. He played against Lithuania, which was great, because they've got [Jonas] Valanciunas and Linas Kleiza and some former NBA guys. He had a good game, he played really well. He sounds interested in coming over and we're interested in having him. It's just a matter of making sure we can work it out where his role on the team and where he fits in roster composition wise, and where his salary slot fits in, works for both of us. Blazers Edge

Is Joel Freeland NBA-ready? Neil Olshey: There's going to be a learning curve. There always is. He hasn't played in the NBA. It's no different than a rookie. Whether he was a four year guy at a high major or whether he's played four years at a high level for a Euroleague team, there's going to be a curve. How we use our bigs versus how he's used over there, defensive coverages, things like that, we're going to have to be patient and give him some time to learn. I think he'll acclimate pretty well. Physically he's an NBA player. He has good instincts. He's a worker. What I like about him, he's a big-time motor guy, he plays hard every possession, both ends of the court. Culturally he'd be great for us. Blazers Edge

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Wendell Maxey: Joel Freeland won't make decision until after the olympics, but has been contacted by a number of teams around league about his nba future. Twitter

June 19, 2012 Updates

He has not wavered – Freeland will wait until after playing this summer with the Great Britain National Team before making his decision final. But in the meantime, Freeland's camp is fielding interest and talking to a number of teams around the league according to a number of people who are familiar with the situation. Bloguin

June 18, 2012 Updates
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Olshey seems high on Claver, a high-flying, "glue" forward from Spain, calling him “a good fit,” for the Blazers. But Freeland? Olshey was noncommittal. “I’ve watched Joel, but I wasn’t in Europe this year,” Olshey said. “He wasn’t a guy I focused on. The guys here just got back from Treviso, (Italy); they’re comfortable with him. But if we’re going to talk about doing something with him, I’m going to want to spend some time with him.” Oregonian

Olshey will get that chance next week, when he and members of the Blazers’ management team travel to Houston, where Freeland will be playing for Great Britain in a tune up for the Olympics. Olshey said he plans to watch Britain scrimmage against Lithuania on Saturday night and will work in some lunches and/or dinners with Freeland and his agent to discuss the forward/center’s future with the Blazers. “I’ll know more after I meet with Joel,” Olshey said. “I want to explain our situation, where our roster composition is heading, what his role on the team would be. What you don’t want to do is bring someone in under false pretenses just because it’s a talent grab. I want he and his agent to be totally informed on where we’re heading. They may want to wait until after they see where we’re going in the draft, to see if there’s going to be a positional conflict.” Oregonian

June 7, 2012 Updates

During the press conference to announce the arrival of Jasmin Repesa as head coach for the coming season, Eduardo Garcia, Unicaja Malaga's president, denied that the club got offers for Joel Freelannd. "We didn't have any proposal for Joel Freeland. He is a Unicaja Malaga's player and we count on him for the coming season" said Garcia. Sportando

June 6, 2012 Updates

During the press conference to announce the arrival of Jasmin Repesa as head coach for the coming season, Eduardo Garcia, Unicaja Malaga's president, denied that the club got offers for Joel Freelannd. "We didn't have any proposal for Joel Freeland. He is a Unicaja Malaga's player and we count on him for the coming season" said Garcia. Sportando

May 30, 2012 Updates

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