HoopsHype Victor Claver rumors

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Valencia's general manager makes himself clear when talking about Victor Claver potentially going to the Blazers: "Claver will continue to play with us next year." Twitter

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But as the Blazers plot ways to spend the $15-$20 million in salary cap money they will have at their disposal, two players they already have the rights to also will factor into their plans: Joel Freeland and Victor Claver. 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. Oregonian

The Blazers responded by telling them they'd love to have them. "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." Oregonian

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Portland Trail Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan responded to a question from Brian Berger on 750 AM The Game about Finnish guard Petteri Koponen's statement that he feels like a "hostage" and would like the team to release his rights... "All three of the guys -- Victor Claver, Joel Freeland and Petteri Koponen -- we value all three of those guys. They bring something different to our team. For us, it's trying to find the right time that makes sense to bring them over. "I think one or two guys are probably more ready to contribute than the others. We want to make sure that we're not bringing them over to put them on the roster. We want to bring them over when they're ready to contribute for us. Blazers Edge

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Yes, it’s true the Blazers hold the rights to a trio of international prospects that could help alleviate their biggest offseason needs. But, for a variety of reasons, it’s unlikely any of the players — Spanish forward Victor Claver, British big man Joel Freeland or Finnish point guard Petteri Koponen — will provide help to the franchise anytime soon. “We’re very happy with the development of all three of them,” said Blazers lead scout Joe Cronin, who toured Europe in May to evaluate all three prospects. “They’ve progressed noticeably, each one of them, and have made some really good improvements to their game. We were really happy with all three of the guys.” Oregonian

Buchanan compares Freeland’s situation to that of Luis Scola, who enjoyed several successful seasons in Europe before joining the Houston Rockets three seasons ago at age 27. Freeland, 24, did not start playing basketball until he was a teenager and has made gradual improvement since the Blazers drafted him with the 30th pick in 2006. He had his best season in 2010-11, averaging 13.2 points and 6.1 rebounds, and another season in the ACB League can only help. “Next summer we’ll take a really hard look at bringing him over,” Buchanan said. “He’ll be 25 and starting to enter the prime of career and will have another high-level European season under his belt. Next summer, we’ll have serious discussions about it.” Oregonian

February 22, 2011 Updates

Power Electronics Valencia has lost Victor Claver for two months due to a foot injury. Claver was hurt during practice on Monday night and tests confirmed the injury on Tuesday. Claver, the 22nd overall pick by Portland in the 2009 NBA Draft, was ranked 13th among all Euroleague players so far in the Top-16. RealGM

June 24, 2010 Updates

I'm told Portland worked out former first round pick Victor Claver at the practice facility in front of owner Paul Allen, coach Nate McMillan and others, including Allen right-hand man Bert Kolde. Claver, 6-foot-9, was the No. 22 overall pick in 2009 and currently plays with the pro club Valencia. Claver's workout was "so-so," according to one bystander. Oregonian

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