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Rotowire: Jul 9 / 7:22a ET
News: Freeland signed a guaranteed contract with CSKA Moscow on Thursday, Sportando reports.
Impact: After his previous employer, the Blazers, didn't extend a qualifying offer to Freeland, he stated his intention to return to Europe if no NBA offer came his way by the end of the free-agent moratorium. Lo and behold, he followed such a path and thus ends this portion of his career in the United States. In Portland, he never logged more than 52 games in any of his three seasons, whether it was due to injury or an inability to hold down a spot in the frontcourt. Overall, the British big man averaged 3.2 points (on 46 percent shooting) and 3.4 rebounds in 12 minutes.
Rotowire: Jun 30 / 7:24p ET
News: Freeland is an unrestricted free agent after Portland declined his qualifying offer, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders reports.
Impact: Portland has decided to keep Chris Kaman on board and have also acquired Mason Plumlee via trade, and with both those moves, it makes sense that they may be letting Freeland sign elsewhere. With Kaman, Plumlee, the emerging Meyers Leonard, and anyone else the team decides to sign in free agency, Portland must feel pretty comfortable with their frontcourt depth at the moment. Freeland has shown he can be a solid frontcourt contributor, especially with his ability to stretch the floor, so it's very likely he'll find a home this offseason.
Rotowire: Jun 18 / 11:32a ET
News: Freeland, who is a restricted free agent this offseason, doesn't expect to receive a qualifying offer from the Blazers, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: If such a scenario comes to fruition, Freeland would enter the land of unrestricted free agency this summer, but it won't necessarily mean the Blazers lack interest in the big man. In reality, with five players under contract, including only two starters (Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum), the team is likely keeping its options open, one of which is a team option on center Chris Kaman. If Kaman's services are retained, the writing could be on the wall for Freeland's time in Portland, but Meyers Leonard's emergence in the second half of this past season may make the upcoming decision on the Englishman an easy one.