HoopsHype Victor Claver rumors
Freeland would probably be signed with available cap room or for the mid-level exception. Claver, who missed six weeks with a broken foot this season but has recovered, is in the same category. “We haven’t ruled out having both of them come over,” Buchanan says. Portland Tribune
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
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
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
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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