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Fernandez to finally be dealt soon?

Posted on: July 28, 2010 10:51 am
Edited on: July 28, 2010 11:09 am
Posted by Royce Young

"" Rudy Fernandez wants to be traded. He's wanted to be traded since before the draft. The Blazers got close with a few teams, but nothing ever materialized. It even got to the point Fernandez said he preferred to return to Europe.

And currently, Portland is talking to a bunch of teams about the shooting guard, reports The Oregonian . According to the report, Boston, Chicago and New York are all in the running for Fernandez.

Some of the teams interested in Fernandez have offered a future first round draft pick, while other offers would pair Fernandez with another Blazers player, according to the report. In a story from the Chicago Tribune , James Johnson is reportedly being shopped and is part of an offer to Portland for Fernandez. If Chicago were to complete that deal, Tracy McGrady's chances to play for the Bulls just got slim.

In December 2009, Fernandez's agent Andy Miller asked the Blazers to trade Fernandez during a breakfast in New York with the Blazers' top two basketball executives, general manager Kevin Pritchard and assistant general manger Tom Penn.

And Fernandez wants out, now more than ever. He's not making quite the splash Chris Paul is, but he's unhappy with playing time and it's only going to get worse with Wesley Matthews signed. But a trade could be coming soon. 

"I've spoken to Andy and I'm aware of Rudy's feelings," general manager Rich Cho said. "But at the end of the day we are going to make the best decision for the franchise."

Miller says he expects a trade to be made in the near future. Fernandez will earn about $1.25 million next season and his contract includes a team option for 2011-12.


Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2010 4:34 pm

Fernandez to finally be dealt soon?

Being a SG who averages 8.2 pts, 2.6 rebs, 2 asts and shoots a despicable 37.8% from the floor. I actually like Rudy Fernandez and he may still meet the expectations that the Blazers and others had of him but he has done nothing to merit much more than a 2nd round pick.  There are a plethura of SG in the NBA who could put those numbers up. If he is going to not stop chirping, take the 1st round pick and run.

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2010 2:33 pm

Fernandez to finally be dealt soon?

Sorry, I normally dont correct due to spelling. But since you put it in 4 times , I think you mean "sense" not "since".

IMO, Rudy has not fully reached his potential in the NBA. He can shoot well and can make plays. He really just lacks on the defensive side. I feel like he is going to go to another team and flourish. He says he doesn't like McMillans style of play and I get that. This is one of KP's mistakes. He could have gotten alot more value had he traded him ahwile back. Now we are going to have to settle for a late 1st rounder if we are lucky. Who ever gets him is going to be very happy.

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2010 11:33 am

Fernandez to finally be dealt soon?

You gotta think the Blazers are going to make a trade. I would bet a lot of money on it, because the Log jam at PG/SG/SF is rediculous. It only makes since that the Blazers make a deal.

But to who for what? As a Bulls fan, I really hope its to Chicago. But James Johnson and a 1st rd pick doesnt make all the since in the world, since JJ is just another wing player.  I think if the Trailblazers want to move Rudy alone, Chicago makes the most since.

BUT. I think moving multiple players makes more since for the Blazers. Use Rudy as part of the deal. They gotta at least be looking at Chris Paul. There are other options out there too.

New York makes the most since for Rudy Fernandez, followed by Chicago, followed by Boston. That doesnt really mean anything though.

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