PORTLAND (Olympics/NBA) - The long wait for two of Europe's finest talents is at last over.
Spain's Victor Claver and Great Britain's Joel Freeland will arrive at the London Games as members of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Claver, who turns 24 on 30 August, has decided to leave hometown club Valencia Basket for the NBA while Freeland has told Unicaja Malaga he is penning a deal with the Blazers.
Freeland, 25, will meet with Blazers officials in Oregon this weekend.
Unicaja said in a statement: "After receiving the statement from the British player, we are actually awaiting to formalize the definite agreement between the three parties involved, the player, Portland Trail Blazers and Unicaja Baloncesto."
Both players have competed at the highest level in Spain’s Liga Endesa and in Europe with their clubs and now believe the time is right to launch their careers overseas with changes afoot in Portland.
Claver has been a reserve in Spain's national side the past three years, winning gold medals at the EuroBaskets in 2009 and 2011.
“Victor is a player with a high basketball IQ who will come in as a good complement to our roster,” Portland general manager Neil Olshey said.
“He defends well for his size, has a nice shooting touch, and we look forward to having him on board.”
Freeland played for Britain at the last two EuroBaskets.
The players just faced each other in Spain's 78-74 friendly win over Britain on Monday and they will again go up against each other in London when the teams meet in Group B of the Preliminary Round on Thursday, 2 August.
Freeland will not be available for the Brits this weekend when they face Portugal in two friendly games in Sheffield.
Both players were drafted by Portland, Claver with the 22nd overall selection in 2009, while Freeland was a first round pick in 2006.
It remains to be seen if Portland will be home to three of Europe’s finest young talents.
Nicolas Batum of France has spent the past four seasons with the club but is a restricted free agent.
The 23-year-old will play at the Olympics.