Found July 12, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
The most pressing needs for the Portland Trail Blazers as they move through the summer are at point guard and power forward. The early focus has been on moves to fortify the frontcourt. The Blazers have signed one European forward (Victor Claver) and will soon sign another (Joel Freeland). And there were unsubstantiated reports that J.J Hickson, a restricted free agent who finished last season with Portland, will be retained. Claver, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound small forward from Spain, has signed a three-year contract with Portland. Freeland, a 6-10, 250-pound power forward/center from England, is expected to soon sign a deal with the Blazers. Both former first-round draft picks by the Blazers -- Freeland in 2006, Claver in 2009 -- spent last season playing in Spain's ACB League. Claver, 23, played with Valencia. He averaged 8.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 25.8 minutes in 37 ACB and Euro Cup games. Freeland, 25, played with Unicaja Malaga. He averaged 11.4 points in 17.6 ...

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