Could Joel Freeland make a return to the NBA?!
In 2006, the Portland Tail Blazers selected British basketball player, Joel Freeland with the 30th pick of the NBA draft. He remained in Europe to develop his game with Unicaja Malaga until he signed three year contract with Portland before representing Great Britain in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
During his time in Rip City, Freeland posted averages of 3.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game over a total of 151 games, 11 of which were in the playoffs.
In 2015, Freeland reportedly turned down a three year, $6 million contract in favour of signing with Russian giants CSKA Moscow for a two year deal.
However, despite a lucrative deal, injuries have prevented the big man from getting minutes on the court, and his productivity has suffered as a result. In 2015-16, he was getting over 17 minutes per game, this soon decreased to
eight in 2016-17, which resulted in him posting a stat line of 3.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.
No-one has revealed who Freeland is talking to, but odds on the Blazers are in pole position to sign him, the fans loved his defensive ability, while his low productivity year could allow for Portland to sign the veteran player on a
As a basketball fan and a Brit, I was very annoyed to see Freeland quit the NBA, especially due to being offered a more lucrative contract. Hopefully this is his way back into the league, where he can show the world just what Team GB has to offer on the hardwood once more.