Kevin Pritchard’s father, Steve, has represented such artists as Merle Haggard, Roy Clark and the Judds as a country music agent; he’s now semiretired and living in Florida. Kevin didn’t share his father’s appreciation for that style of music growing up in Independence, Kan., and Tulsa, Okla.: “I couldn’t stand it. I’m not a country guy at all.” • Sergio Rodriguez and LaMarcus Aldridge (health permitting) will participate with Portland’s entry in the Las Vegas Summer League. Brandon Roy and Jarrett Jack will not, as per agreement in their contract relating to minutes played this season. “Brandon needs rest,” Pritchard says. “Jarrett will work on his game; I’m not worried about that. I want to see Sergio get after it and show us he can run a team.” Rodriguez also will be dealing with responsibilities with the Spanish national team’s participation in the European Championships. • Also expected to take part on Portland’s summer-league entry is 6-11 Joel Freeland, the 20-year-old Brit who was taken with the 30th and last pick in the first round of last year’s draft. “He can shoot, run the floor and defend, but he’s going to have to learn how to handle the ball better,” Pritchard says of Freeland, who played professionally in Spain this season. Freeland’s performance in Las Vegas will determine whether the Blazers bring him into training camp in October. — Kerry Eggers

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