Joel Freeland’s agent, Rafa Calvo, has said that his assignment to the NBA Developmental League “makes no sense”, as the 6’11 British star went on another tear last night finishing with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists.
Talking to HoopsHype, Calvo said:
“It makes no sense for him to play there in order to adjust to the NBA considering he has been one of the top big men in the Euroleague for three years. It would make more sense if he had been injured and needed games to get into rhythm. Anyway, we want to be positive about it. Let’s hope we’re wrong and this helps the Blazers regain the faith they’ve always proved to have in Joel.”
Through two games in the NBA’s minor league, Freeland has averaged 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists.
Trail Blazers’ General Manager, Neil Olshey, however, says it is important for Joel’s development and he has embraced it with open arms. Talking to CSNNW, he said:
“Joel and Victor (Claver) traveled to Boise with Jay Triano, had great attitudes and expressed their excitement to him about the opportunity to play. I spoke with Joel this morning and he enjoyed the experience last night and was glad to be back on the floor playing basketball.
“We will continue to utilize the Idaho Stampede whenever we feel the development of our players will be accelerated by the opportunity to play game minutes in a competitive setting.”
Both Freeland and Claver’s assignment to the D-League only lasted two games, as both are expected to be on the Blazers’ roster tonight against New Orleans.