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Blazers introduce draft picks, head to summer league

by: L.E. BasKOW,

The Trail Blazers welcomed three of their new players to Portland on Friday, as first-round draft picks LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy and Joel Freeland held a news conference at Peninsula Elementary School in North Portland.

A fourth player acquired in the first round by the Blazers in Wednesday's NBA draft, 6-3 point guard Sergio Rodriguez, was in Spain and did not attend.

Coach Nate McMillan plans to use Aldridge, a 6-11 forward-center from Texas, and Roy, a 6-6 guard from Washington, extensively in the Las Vegas Summer League. Negotiations are underway to determine whether Freeland, a 6-10 forward from England, also will take part in the summer games. Portland's first game will be on Thursday.

At the news conference, the Blazers announced that they were donating $5,000 to Peninsula to help upgrade its playground equipment.