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FREELAND GIVEN NBA DEADLINE

Posted in: Europe, Team GB by . May 23, 2012 / 07:30

Joel Freeland has been given until July 10 to agree a €1 million buyout with Unicaja Malaga if he wants to jump to the NBA next season.

The Great Britain forward, who will fly to Houston next month for pre-Olympic training camp, has two years left on his existing deal with the ACB club.

The Portland Trailblazers, who drafted Freeland in 2006, are understood to be interested in bringing him to the United States after London 2012.

While the Englishman has an escape clause to go to the NBA, the Blazers could face competition from other clubs, including FC Barcelona. Under the terms of his existing deal, European teams would have to negotiate a transfer directly with Malaga.

“I have to talk with my agent about everything,” Freeland told La Opinion De Malaga. Now that we have some downtime, I’ll speak with him and have a look at all my options.

“I want to win something and if it can be in (Malaga), all the better. I have a contract here and that’s all I’m thinking about. Like every player, I’d also love to play in the NBA. If I get the opportunity this summer, I don’t know. I can’t say if I’d say yes or no.”

Malaga missed the ACB play-offs this season, despite a roster overhaul which re-built the team around Freeland.

Main Pic: Mansoor Ahmed/BB

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