The Portland Trail Blazers officially announced the signing of British big man Joel Freeland on Friday. Word first broke that the Blazers had signed Freeland, 2006 first-round Draft pick, earlier this week. His deal is reportedly worth $9 million over three years.
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed forward Joel Freeland, it was announced today by General Manager Neil Olshey. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Trail Blazers' 30th overall selection in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft, Freeland joins the Trail Blazers from Unicaja Malaga in the Spanish ACB League.
"The timing was right to bring Joel over and we're thrilled it worked out," said Olshey. "He is a rugged interior player with a nice touch around the basket and he plays hard every game. Joel will be a nice addition to the roster."
Over the past three seasons with Unicaja Malaga, Freeland (6-11, 225) posted averages of 12.6 points (55.3% FG), 6.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 24.6 minutes in Euroleague and ACB play. He spent the previous three seasons with Gran Canaria, also of the Spanish ACB League.
Freeland, 25, is a starter for the Great Britain national basketball team, which will compete as the host country in this summer's London Olympics. A native of Farnham, England, he led the national team with 15 points in a game vs. Spain earlier this week.
He will wear No. 19 with the Trail Blazers.
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