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The Spaniard did express his happiness in being a member of the Portland Trail Blazers franchise. “It’s great to be on a team like Portland, the fans are a big part of the team and organization. We hope we can give them the chance to enjoy the season with us, because I think we have a better team than last season.” Whether or not Claver will end up with Portland to start the season remains to be seen, and after Portland’s roster moves this past offseason, Claver will surely need to impress Trail Blazers personnel in preseason. D-League Digest

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CSNNW.com was able to reach Trail Blazers' General Manager, Neil Olshey regarding the matter. "Joel and Victor traveled to Boise with Jay Triano, had great attitudes and expressed their excitement to him about the opportunity to play", Olshey said. "I spoke with Joel this morning and he enjoyed the experience last night and was glad to be back on the floor playing basketball. "We will continue to utilize the Idaho Stampede whenever we feel the development of our players will be accelerated by the opportunity to play game minutes in a competitive setting." CSNNW.com

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Jason Quick: Blazers GM Neil Olshey says Barton and Claver headed to D-League for two games. Both will be back in Portland for Sunday practice. Twitter @jwquick

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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

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His own adaptation is less crucial to Portland's success, clearly, and less certain. If he is to be used as a three, he's competing with Luke Babbitt (who Stotts prefers as a four), Sasha Pavlovic and Adam Morrison (for now) for reserve minutes behind Batum. If Claver is to be used as a stretch four, he's competing with Babbitt, Freeland, J.J. Hickson and Jared Jeffries behind Aldridge. In other words, he almost certainly won't be playing if he can't hack it at the three. "I don't know yet," he said simply when asked if he thinks he will see the court early on. "We have a lot of friendly [preseason] games now, so we'll see how the roles go." Blazers Edge

That ease of mind feels like the product of a man who has done his homework. Claver carefully weighed his decision to come to the NBA from overseas after a lengthy courting process by Blazers management. In July, he decided the timing was right, signing a 3-year contract worth a reported $4 million. Part of his due diligence involved talks with Fernandez, who went from hero to goat during three seasons in the Rose City. "What he explained to me about Portland was that everything was good," Claver told Blazersedge. "He liked Portland. He enjoyed the people and the fans. The team. Maybe it wasn't what he expected before he came. At the end, he wasn't as comfortable as he thought." Blazers Edge

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