Reports: British F/C Joel Freeland To Sign 3-Year Deal With Blazers

64 reports that Portland Trail Blazers international center Joel Freeland has agreed to leave ACB club Unicaja Malaga for the Portland Trail Blazers. Freeland, a center from Grear Britain, was a first-round pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. -------------------------------------------- Joel Freeland will play in the NBA with the Blazers as soon as the player and Unicaja Malaga will reach an agreement on his €1.5M buyout. Freeland will travel to Portland in the coming days for the physical and then he will work on his buyout with the Spanish team. Unicaja Malaga officially announced that Joel Freeland asked to leave the team for the NBA. Portland, Freeland and Malaga are now discussing the buyout. -------------------------------------------- British journalist Ian Whittell reports on Twitter that Freeland has agreed to a 3-year contract worth $9 million. -------------------------------------------- As per reports in spain, Joel Freeland has agreed a 3 year $9 million deal to play with NBA Trailblazers next season. great news Freeland flying to Portland tomorrow 2 complete deal. He has to come up with the vast bulk of his 1.5m Euro buyout himself, still the contract represents a decent bit of business for a guy who only took up the game at 16. fully deserved too Joel wont have long before he can prove hes NBA-ready. hes back with GB in time for the game v USA in Manchester on Wednesday -------------------------------------------- John Hollinger of notes on Twitter... -------------------------------------------- Freeland [is more than] 3 yrs after draft [so first round] picks no longer subject to rookie scale. Blazers signed him with cap space. -------------------------------------------- Update: Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports on Twitter... -------------------------------------------- After 2-day pursuit, I finally reached Joel Freeland's agent, Rafa Calvo, who confirms reports that #Blazers and Freeland are close to deal. Calvo said he informed Malaga yesterday that Freeland was leaving the Spanish ACB League. The sides are working on a buyout. -------------------------------------------- The Daily Mail has posted Malaga's statement. -------------------------------------------- Unicaja player Joel Freeland has informed the club of his decision to end his contract and move to the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA,' said a statement on the Unicaja website. After receiving this statement from the British player, Unicaja is now waiting to formalise a definitive agreement between the three parties involved; the player, the Portland Trail Blazers and Unicaja. -------------------------------------------- Freeland, 25, is considered one of the premier big men in Europe and has said for months that he was ready to make the jump to the NBA. Spanish forward Victor Claver is also en route to Portland after agreeing to part ways with ACB club Valencia. PS Thanks to ajharris in the FanShots as well. ed: text edited, bumped to front page