HoopsHype Joel Freeland rumors

December 15, 2012 Updates

Joel Freeland's camp is not happy with the D-League assignment. "It makes no sense for him to play there in order to adjust to the NBA considering he has been one of the top big men in the Euroleague for three years," agent Rafa Calvo told HoopsHype. "It would make more sense if he had been injured and needed games to get into rhythm. Anyway, we want to be positive about it. Let's hope we're wrong and this helps the Blazers regain the faith they've always proved to have in Joel." Sulia

December 11, 2012 Updates
December 2, 2012 Updates

The bench, which entered the game averaging an NBA-low 12.8 points per game, collectively played 76 minutes and scored 29 points as Joel Freeland (eight points, two rebounds, one block), Will Barton (seven points, 3 of 5 shooting) and Nolan Smith (six points, 3 of 6 shooting) excelled. “We heard it,” Smith said of outside criticism about the bench’s play. “But I think as a group ... we try and just focus on what we’re doing in house; just keeping each other’s confidence up and continue to be supportive of one another. It kept us all just ready for this moment.” Oregonian

November 29, 2012 Updates

In the not-too-distant future, young players such as Victor Claver, Joel Freeland, Will Barton and Nolan Smith might be sent down to the NBA Development League for a little playing time and seasoning. Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said he intends to use Idaho this season as a tool to foster growth with his young players and he has created a tentative plan to send guys east across the Oregon border. Oregonian

November 27, 2012 Updates

The other day, as the Blazers were walking to the team bus after landing in Brooklyn to start their season-long seven-game trip, Stotts quipped to Freeland: “They don’t have players like Jermaine O’Neal in Europe, do they?” When Freeland had last played, against the Suns, the aging O’Neal had partied like it was 1999, scorching Freeland and the Blazers with 17 points, five rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes. “I just laughed and I said, ‘No,’” Freeland said, revealing his reply to Stotts. “In Europe you don’t have players like that. And, pretty much, the NBA is full of players like that — and better. Like I said to Coach, when I came over here, I expected to be doing more than I’ve been doing. But now I know that this is a tough, tough league and, basically, I’m having to learn everything over again.” Oregonian

October 26, 2012 Updates

Chris Haynes: Joel Freeland & Derrick Favors got into a shoving match in 2nd Q and Freeland says he's disappointed in himself for not being more physical. I'm always a person that likes to hit first instead of being hit first and I felt like tonight, I let them hit me first... Twitter @ChrisBHaynes

October 23, 2012 Updates

Joel Freeland didn't start playing basketball until he was almost 17. By the time he was 19, in 2006, he was a first-round NBA draft pick of the Portland Trail Blazers. But instead of coming to the NBA right away, the Briton stayed in Europe to improve his game, finally joining the Blazers this summer. "Each year I've progressed, and it's been substantial," said the 6-foot-10 Freeland, who is expected to see time at both power forward and center in the 2012-13 season. "So, to keep seeing myself progress in something I love to do is an amazing feeling." Oregonian

July 23, 2012 Updates
July 21, 2012 Updates

Ian Whittell: joel Freeland has returned to London 4 tests on knee prob. GB being ultra cautious, hopefully wont hav any effect on olympics but not ideal Twitter

July 19, 2012 Updates

But last week the Great Britain forward joined Portland, the team that initially drafted him 30th overall in 2006, before encouraging to continue his development in Europe. The deal is worth a reported $9 million over three years. “Everything happened so quickly,” Freeland told the News & Mail. “After the Spain (against GB) game last week, I found out (about the offer), made the final decision and jumped over there. “It’s been a great experience, a lot of travelling over there to sign my contract and do a lot of media work. “Now I’m just focussed on the challenge ahead.” Get Hampshire

July 13, 2012 Updates
July 11, 2012 Updates

There are rising fears within the Nets, sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein, that the Portland Trail Blazers will come after Lopez -- a restricted free agent -- as their next frontcourt target after a bid to sign fellow restricted free agent Roy Hibbert away from Indiana has been foiled by the Pacers, who have matched the four-year offer to Hibbert worth nearly $60 million that Portland had intended to offer but ultimately decided against. ESPN.com

The impending move will see Freeland miss GB’s two friendlies against Portugal in Sheffield this weekend in another disruption to the side’s build-up to the Olympic Games. The 25-year-old began his career with Solent before moving to Gran Canaria before joining Malaga “Unicaja player Joel Freeland has informed the club of his decision to end his contract and move to the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA,” said a Malaga spokesperson. “After receiving this statement from the British player, Unicaja is now waiting to formalise a definitive agreement between the three parties involved; the player, the Portland Trail Blazers and Unicaja.” MVP 24/7

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