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Report: Rudy Fernandez wants to bail on Mavs?

Posted on: November 28, 2011 6:08 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 6:14 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverrudy-fernandez

Least shocking news of the day: It took less than 72 hours since the NBA's "tentative" labor deal was struck for perpetually petulant guard Rudy Fernandez to find his name in reports stating his unhappiness with the league and his preference for continuing to play in his homeland of Spain.

Spanish website reported that Fernandez planned to travel to Dallas next week to meet with the Mavericks in an effort to arrange his immediate departure from the NBA's defending champions, potentially by buying out of his contract., quoting "a reliable source," quickly reported that the original report was erroneous.
“Rudy Fernandez’s plan is to join the Mavericks next week and play with them this year,” the source said. “Asking for a buyout is not an option at this moment at all. He wants to play with Dallas and do a good job there.”

“Plan A is for him to play with Dallas,” the source said. “I wouldn’t even call this plan B, more like plan C, but there’s a small chance the Mavericks could be asked to accept a buyout or asked to use the amnesty clause on Rudy if things are not looking good for him there, if there’s not a decent role for him there… Now that’s when the option of leaving Dallas would be considered. But there’s nothing true about that report right now.”
Fernandez was traded by the Portland Trail Blazers to the Mavericks on the night of the 2011 NBA Draft and has one year remaining on his rookie scale contract. Fernandez butted heads often with Blazers coach Nate McMillan as he desired a more consistent, meaningful role in Portland's rotation. Prior to the 2010-2011 season, he threatened not to show up to camp in an effort to get himself traded before relenting. He averaged 8.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game for the Blazers last season and was virtually invisible during Portland's first round playoff series, shooting just 4-for-18 over six games.

Back in August, Fernandez inked a multi-year contract with Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid, where he played during the lockout. He is averaging 16.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for Real Madrid in Spanish league play, according to Fernandez, 26, won a gold medal for Spain at the 2011 EuroBasket tournament; his heart is clearly in Spain and it's possible that his long-term financial best interests are there, too.

This goes without saying, but the Mavericks will never, ever, ever use their amnesty clause on Fernandez, who is owed a paltry $2.1 million in 2011-2012. The Amnesty Clause can be used on any player currently on the roster at any time during the recently negotiated Collective Bargaining Agreement. It's an extremely valuable cap management tool that can help mitigate against disastrous injury or overpaying for unproductive play. With Brendan Haywood on the books for more than $45 million guaranteed through 2015-2016, there's no way Dallas owner Mark Cuban burns his Amnesty card just to make Fernandez happy. It's a pipe dream.

As for agreeing to release Fernandez, the Mavericks have no real motivation for doing so. He's an affordable, serviceable -- if somewhat emotionally erratic and unreliable -- reserve guard who adds depth to their backcourt. Dallas might need to let J.J. Barea and/or DeShawn Stevenson go during free agency, meaning there is the potential for Fernandez to get some real run. Showing up and honoring his contract is the right thing to do, even if it might not be Fernandez's first choice. No matter what, he's free to return to Real Madrid in July 2012.
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:08 am

Report: Rudy Fernandez wants to bail on Mavs?

Hey Jim, you missed it.

The plan is to ask Dallas to TAKE MONEY to let Rudy free. Not the other way around.

Just like the Euro teams make players pay them if they want to get out of their contract, it works the other way as well. If a team want to get rid of a player THEY pay HIM to void the contract. If the player wants to get out of the contract HE pays THEM to void the contract. It only works if both parties agree.

Sometime a team will buyout a contract for a player they want to keep because THEY can't force HIM to play to the best of his ability or he may claim to be hurt, ala Hillis for the Browns.  But most times THEY want to dump the player and are willing to pay to be rid of him.

Be sure Rudy will not get out of Dallas unless he pays the Mavs. His contract is too small to worry about even if the is the 12th man.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 10:08 pm

Report: Rudy Fernandez wants to bail on Mavs?

OK this is what drives me nut about the NBA. If Fernandez wants out, why in the world should Dallas buy him out? Void the contract and let his new Spanish team pay him. We see instances where someone wants out, they get their buyout, the team losing them pays them like 5 or 10 million for the rest of the year. The player signs at minimum with a contender. So the contender gets them for the rest of the season for NOTHING.

It sucks and is unfair- pay for the games a player plays in. New teams pick up the contract if they want them. I was hoping the new agreement would end this kind of nonsense.

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