The Blazers' front office traveled to Europe last week to visit former first-round draft picks Joel Freeland and Victor Claver.

Both players expressed a desire to make the leap to the NBA next season.

"We'd really like to bring them both over," Blazers interim general manager Chad Buchanan said. "We're going to be aggressive to get them signed and get them in a Blazers uniform next season. Any deal will have to make sense for Joel, for Victor and for the Blazers and our offseason plans. But if we had a choice, we'd like to get them both signed."

Freeland is one of the top frontcourt players in the Spanish ACB League.

"Joel has put in his time over there and gotten better," Buchanan said. "He's ready for a new challenge. I would definitely say that he's a priority for us."

Freeland has two more seasons left on a five-year deal.

"The NBA is a dream for him," Freeland's agent, Rafa Calvo, said. "That's the top of the mountain for any basketball player. But it's something that has to come at the right time with the right conditions. It's a big jump for my client in all respects. It's not all about money. He has to go to a situation where his basketball can keep growing ... where he's going to have a very important role. He's not going to go to a team to watch games on the bench, where there are three players in front of him."