Portland Trail Blazers reserve forward Victor Claver has offered some thoughts about his future with the team to ACB.com, a Spanish website. Claver said in the interview that the Blazers have recovered their balance with LaMarcus Aldridge back in the lineup, while also noting that he would like to see an increased role in the future.
Sportando.com offers an excerpted translation...
"For me it would be very tough to have another season like this" said Claver to EFE. "I am inactive or active but I don't know if I play. I am playing in a very good team but I want to have the chance to play. I don't know if in Portland because I don't know what is going to happen this summer, or in another team. But another year like this is going to be very hard for me" added Claver.
The full interview (in Spanish) is right here.
Back in November, some reports surfaced that Claver was considering a return to Spain. At the time, Claver said that he wanted to have the chance to play and that he wasn't yet thinking about leaving the NBA.
Claver, 25, has played just 158 minutes this season over 18 games this season after enjoying a large role on the Spanish National Team during EuroBasket. He averaged 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds during his rookie season with the Blazers in 2012-13 but has spent much of the 2013-14 season on the inactive list. This year, he's averaging 1.9 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.
Claver is about to complete the second year of a three-year, $4 million contract. He's on the books for $1.3 million this season and $1.4 million next season. A 2009 first-round pick, Claver played professionally in Spain from 2006 until his NBA arrival in 2012.
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