Victor Claver Waiting To See If Portland Trail Blazers Want Him

By John Raffel
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When the anticipation grows on which players the non-playoff teams will be taking in the NBA draft, the Portland Trail Blazers will have a little better focus on what they’ll do with their roster

Victor Claver will then get a better indication of where he stands on the roster for the 2013-14 Trail Blazers. It’s a rather safe bet that based on his excellent late season play, the Blazers will keep him for another year. But the NBA has proven for a long time that the offseason is an unpredictable one with the draft, free agency and other unpredictable transactions taking place.

In his rookie season, Claver was able to  get enough interest from Blazer coaches so that when his chances came, he took full advantage of it. Claver has many diversified talents on the court, which the Blazers like. It’s a matter of being able to find enough quality time for him.

In all of April, Claver drew more than 24 minutes of action. His last two games, he was on the court for 35 and 34 minutes. His confidence increased as his playing minutes went up.

In a win over the Utah Jazz on April 1, he had 12 points, but he was 4-of-5 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the three-point arc. The Blazers liked putting Claver in whenever they need a sure shooter. That fits his description perfectly.

The ball was usually going in the basket when Claver put up the shot. With that in mind, it’s hard to think the Blazers will let him go until they play him more to see what his real potential is. The last thing teams want to do is trade players to other squads where they turn into genuine stars.

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