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Damian Lillard Breaks News of Joel Freeland’s Retirement

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The former Blazers big man had last played for CSKA Moscow of the VTB United League.

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Former Portland Trail Blazer Joel Freeland has apparently retired - and according to Erik Gunderson - it was Damian Lillard that broke the news:

Freeland was selected with the 30th overall pick by the Blazers in 2006, and appeared in 151 games with Portland from 2012-15. He averaged 3.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in his NBA career, all with the Blazers.

Freeland left the NBA to sign a lucrative two-year contract with Euroleague contender CSKA Moscow. In 2017, Chris Haynes reported that Freeland was eyeing a return to the NBA:

Freeland also represented the Great Britain national basketball team in the 2012 Olympics.