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Gibson: Joel Freeland Says Blazers Still In Play For 2012

Nick Gibson of SheridanHoops.com has an update on international Portland Trail Blazers big man Joel Freeland, was is reportedly close to signing a contract extension with Unicaja Malaga of Spain's ACB league. The deal would reportedly include a lofty buyout figure, among other enticements aimed at keeping Freeland, one of Europe's premier big man, with Malaga and away from the NBA. ------------------------------- "We’ve always been talking since day one but there’s no agreement at this point," said Freeland. When another reporter asked Freeland if Portland could do anything to sway him, Freeland went on the defensive. "I’ve never said that I didn’t want to be [in Portland]. I never have said that," he responded. "If the situation’s right and I feel like I’m ready, then I’ll make that step obviously. But you know, I’m here, I’m focusing on [Unicaja] at the moment." ------------------------------- Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan urged caution in reading the reports and details of the extension and said multiple times the Blazers will continue to work to land Freeland for the 2012-2013 season. Ed: text edited, bumped to front page -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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