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Mavericks' Rudy Fernandez signs in Spain

Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:57 pm
By Matt Moore

From the Associated Press: 

Dallas Mavericks forward Rudy Fernandez has signed with Real Madrid's basketball team during the NBA lockout.

Madrid says Fernandez has agreed to play in Spain during the labor negotiations. The deal includes an option for Fernandez to play with Madrid once his contract with the NBA champions ends. 

Fernandez has flirted with playing overseas for years, particularly at the start of last season after being unhappy with his role in Portland. This deal itself has been percolating the last few weeks. But since being traded to the champion Mavericks (who need a healthy wing with Caron Butler just now getting back on the court), Fernandez has been adamant that he intends to finish his contract in the NBA before even considering a return overseas. With the option to return, the most likely scenario is Fernandez plays one year with the Mavericks, then takes off to return to Real Madrid. ESPN Dallas notes that this might not be the worst case scenario for the Mavericks, who have two talented wings still developing.

Should Fernandez return to Spain after the season, the Mavs should be ready to replace him with either of their two young players for the 2012-13 season. And if Beaubois and Jones don't pan out -- which would be disappointing -- Fernandez will go down as nothing more than a low-cost gamble that should be sufficiently replaceable in next summer's free-agent market.

Who knows, a year from now the Mavs might not even want him back.
via If Rudy Fernandez is one-and-done, so be it - Dallas Mavericks Blog - ESPN Dallas.

So the defending NBA champs traded for a versatile, athletic wing with range for cheap who won't complicate matters if he doesn't work out and have the depth behind him to compensate. Man, it's good to be Dallas right now. You know, if we have a season and all.  

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2011 7:29 am

Mavericks' Rudy Fernandez signs in Spain

Can't really blame Rudy Fernandez for signing with a team in Spain. At least he gets to play basketball and make money. As for the NBA, they have ruined the product and now they are going to ruin a season...which is fine with me. I don't watch pro basketball anymore. It's not very exciting and very predictable.

It's certainly good to be a Mavericks's the one team I do follow because I spent so much time in the DFW metroplex. I was kind of lookinf forward to seeing if the Mavs and Dirk Nowitzki would be able to defend their, who knows.

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 7:12 pm

Mavericks' Rudy Fernandez signs in Spain

Yes its good to be a Maverick fan and I guess if the NBA doesnt play, the worst case scenario would be that Dallas would have the title for 2 years.  I know it doesnt meam anything but technically they have the title for 2 years,  As a Maverick Fan I went to the depths with this team in the past five years and Mavericks Fans deserve a little extra.  (Oh and the fact that They beat what to Me' the most hated team ever in Miami doesnt hurt either if You consider thats where it all started).

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