I know it comes up every year, and maybe I missed the post about this already this year...but maybe this is the year to cash in on these Euro players?
Freeland wants playing time and would like to finish out his current contract which is still a few years away. Claver wants at least another year and the Blazers seem unlikely to bring over Koponen this year.
Buchanan says he wants to bring these guys over when they can contribute, but how will that happen. Is the team just going to leave a spot wide open so one of these guys can slide over when they feel like it? Is that the way to run a successful organization? Leave gaping holes in your personnel and hope some new guy can fill the void?
If the team was in a different place I could see holding on to these guys for future depth or if they swing for the fences and trade a bunch of first rounders for a stud than having depth down the road makes sense. But this team is on the brink of success and has needs now. With the exception of Freeland, none of these guys fills a pressing need, and there is more than enough depth at the 1, 2, and 3 to make Claver and Koponen expendable.
Is there room in this 'weak' draft to make a move or two to cash these chips in? Is next year's draft so good that it makes sense to hold these assets and make the move next year?