Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/12/14
Joel Freeland first played for the Trail Blazers' summer league team eight years ago, and at 27, he is older than the typical summer league player. But entering a key third year in his NBA career, and coming off a dissatisfying end to his breakout 2013-14 season, Freeland is all in on the opportunity to return to Las Vegas for the second year in a row, and fourth overall, as part of Portland's roster. "I got injured, I missed 29 games at the end of the season, I didn't play, basically didn't play, in the playoffs," Freeland said Wednesday after practice. "They (coaches and management) wanted and I wanted to get some rhythm going into this season, get the jitters out a little bit and just get out and play and keep improving. What else am I going to be doing?" Freeland, of course, was perhaps the Blazers' biggest surprise last season. After a nondescript rookie year in 2012-13, Freeland buckled down and turned himself into a defensive-minded big man who did a lot of the little thin...
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