Victor Claver
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  1. boomtown
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    Posted 07/10/2012 10:22 PM

    I saw someone post on twitter about Victor and I couldn't find the tweet, but I thought I heard something about Olshey working to get him over here.  So I did a little search online and found an article talking about his team coming to a separation agreement, allowing him to join Portland this year:

    doesn't look like he'll be here soon enough to participate in the summer league as that team's already been announced.... but it'd be nice if there was a way to get him here and on that team.    :)

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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 07/10/2012 10:46 PM

    I just hope he plays better than he did in Europe for an offensive guy his shooting was terrible.
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  1. boomtown
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    Posted 07/11/2012 1:42 PM

    it's kinda my worry that these euro's are going to end up being waste of draft picks.  If Batum's back, with Babbitt, Barton, and Matthews, there are not going to be a lot of balls for Claver... is he going to cry like Rudy or just go back to Europe?   Will he have any trade value?   Maybe that's why they're bringing them over b/c of our lack of success in free agency, the need for depth.  But somebody's going to get forgotten this year and I fear Claver's just going to end up being dead weight.  

    I think freeland has a better opportunity b/c right now all we've really got on the frontcourt is LA, Meyers, and Thomas.  Maybe Hickson, we'll see, I hope to hell.  But freeland could actually get a lot of minutes while Meyers is learning. So maybe he'll be a pleasant surprise.  But I haven't seen the guy play, so I honestly don't know what to expect.  Numbers on a page don't tell me what he brings.  I hope he can set picks, pass, and block shots.  I hope he has a long wingspan so he complements LA.  If he's more of a soft PF like Aldridge, then again, he's probably only going to play spot duty while LA rests or is in foul trouble.   I just don't know his style.
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  1. boomtown
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    Posted 07/11/2012 2:36 PM

    Excited to be here, long time since he was picked in the draft.

    Olshey says he's a strong defender.  Victor himself says he's fast, can shoot.  He was roomate with Rudy on international team, so he learned a lot from him.  

    Victor says he's healthy and ready to go.

    Rudy told Victor city isn't big but he can find whatever he wants and he said the Rose Garden is one of the best arena's in the NBA.

    Victor's excited, but not nervous.  Been waiting for this day since he was drafted.  As a player he feels he's done about all he can in Europe and feels he's ready for the next step.

    He's improved his speed since being there.  I can't understand all he says.  

    Pronounces last name Clavaarrr (twirls the R a bit).

    I think he just said he's going back to Europe tomorrow?  playing on the Olympic team?  

    So he may not be on the summer league team...
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