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Report: Former first-round pick Victor Claver finalizing deal in Russia

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In 2009, the Portland Trail Blazers took Spanish forward Victor Claver with the 22nd overall pick in the draft. He didn’t come over until 2012, and his NBA career never really took off. He was waived midseason and signed with the Russian club Khimki. Now, David Pick is reporting that he’s staying in Russia for the upcoming season, finalizing a deal with PBC Lokomotiv-Kuban:

Claver was one of the players sent to Denver at the trade deadline in the deal that sent Arron Afflalo to Portland. The Nuggets waived him immediately. In two-plus years in Portland, he never developed a consistent enough offensive game to play more than spot minutes.