Tag:Rudy Fernandez
Posted on: July 5, 2011 12:35 pm

Rudy Fernandez is staying put

Posted by Matt Moore

In a relatively surprising development, Rudy Fernandez will not accept an offer from Real Madrid to join them for the duration of the lockout, return to the Mavericks upon its conclusion, and then resume playing with the Spanish team once his contract expires. 

From Marca:
Just back from Paris, after a conversation with his agent, Rudy Fernandez made the decision. He stays in the NBA. The Spaniard will finish his contract in Dallas and then decide what to do with his career.
via Rudy Fernandez is in the Mavericks - MARCA.com.

Fernandez passing on what we described as his "dream scenario" comes as a bit of a shock and speaks to a level of maturity we weren't sure Fernandez possessed. In essence, he's committing 100 percent to the team that traded for him, after a year filled with noise about his desire to return to Spain. Yes, the Mavericks are the defending NBA champions whenever the league resumes play, but it's still striking that he elected not to play during the lockout and then have his cake and eat it too by playing for Dallas to see how it goes and get paid the remainder of his NBA contract before going home. 

It's an encouraging sign for the Mavericks if reports are true, as it may show a Fernandez prepared to commit to reaching his potential which he never quite did in Portland. 

Posted on: July 3, 2011 1:15 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2011 1:44 pm

Rudy Fernandez gets huge offer from Real Madrid?

Dallas Mavericks guard Rudy Fernandez has reportedly received a large multi-year contract offer from Real Madrid. Posted by Ben Golliver. rudy-fernandez

Rumors that Spanish star guard Rudy Fernandez would return to Spain began almost as soon as he touched down in Portland to begin his NBA career. 

On Sunday, Sportando.net reports -- via Mundo Deportiva -- that these rumors have reached a fever pitch, with Real Madrid prepared to make a giant contract offer to Fernandez with the goal of securing his long-term rights.
According to Spanish media, Real Madrid made a crazy offer for Rudy Fernandez, to convince the Spaniard to return in Europe after his years in the NBA.

Real offered to Rudy a six-year deal and €3M per season. Moreover, the club from the capital will give to Fernandez the chance to return to Dallas Mavericks when the lockout ends but with the promise that he will be back to Madrid as soon as his contract with the NBA champs expires. 
The offer equates to $4.35 million per year at current exchange rates. In other words, the deal would be worth $26.1 million, a hefty sum for a player that has been subject to the NBA's rookie scale so far during his career and was essentially buried on Portland's bench the last two seasons. Fernandez is set to make $2.1 million in the 2011-2012 season and would be line for a $3.2 million qualifying offer next summer with the opportunity to enter restricted free agency if no extension with Dallas was agreed to.

Almost since the moment fellow Spaniard Sergio Rodriguez was traded to the Sacramento Kings -- hastening his departure from the NBA and leaving Fernandez by himself in Portland -- a return to Spain has seemed inevitable. Fernandez spent last summer threatening not to show up for training camp and was fined because his agent publicly requested a release from his contract.

This offer -- as described -- is Fernandez's dream scenario. He gets to return to Spain, where he is a hero, to play immediately, can fulfill his duties to the Mavericks if necessary and then receive the long-term pay day which he thought he would get by coming to America. At 26 years old, the clock is ticking for Fernandez, and this deal would not only set him for life, it would also beat his market value in the NBA if he stuck around for free agency.

In Dallas, Fernandez has a legit chance to win an NBA title next season and beyond. In Madrid, he would have all the money and the fame he can handle. Good choices to have, but they will eventually force a difficult decision.
Posted on: May 17, 2011 5:49 pm
Edited on: May 17, 2011 5:53 pm

Coach McMillan: Blazers need backcourt shake up

Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan says his team has a lot of questions to address, starting with the backcourt. Posted by Ben Golliver. nate-mcmillan

The Portland Trail Blazers were bounced out of the NBA playoffs in the first round for the third year in a row, and coach Nate McMillan sounds like he is ready for something to change. Scratch that, a lot of things.

In an interview with Blazers Courtside on Monday night, McMillan said that his team has "a lot of questions that we have to answer" this offseason. His top priority? A backcourt shake-up.
"The first thing is to balance the roster. The combination of the twos that we have -- with Wesley [Matthews], Rudy [Fernandez] and Brandon [Roy] -- that combination is just... really... there's no way we can play the three of those guys.

"Our backup point guard, our guard position. I played Brandon at that spot most of the second half of the season. We've got to look at the point guard position."
McMillan also said that oft-injured center Greg Oden remains a question mark. "When will he be ready to go next season?" He wondered aloud.

His comment about the two guard spot is perhaps the most intriguing for two reasons. First, because Matthews was just signed to a five-year contract last summer and is the type of intense, two-way player that McMillan loves. He's also been mentioned as part of the team's core going forward. Second, because Roy is essentially untradeable because of the deteriorating condition of his knees.

Obviously, that leaves Fernandez as the odd man out. Fernandez is entering the fourth year of his rookie deal next season, set to make $2.2 million. While a fan favorite, Fernandez has been plagued by inconsistency and was virtually invisible in the playoffs, averaging just 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds in the first round series against the Dallas Mavericks. Could Fernandez be headed out of Portland?

Whether it's Fernandez or someone else, McMillan noted that change could come as soon as draft night. "All of those things we will have to look at here before the draft and ... if it is possible to make some moves to improve the team, we've certainly got to do that."
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:12 am

Grading the series: Mavericks top Blazers in 6

Grades for the key players in the first round NBA playoff series between the Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks. Posted by Ben Golliver.

The Dallas Mavericks finished off the Portland Trail Blazers 103-96 in Game 6 in Portland's Rose Garden. Here are grades for both the Mavericks and Blazers.


Dirk Nowitzki: Dallas' All-Star forward didn't shoot all that well from the field, but Portland still never found an answer for him. Why? Because he lived on the free throw line, particularly late in games, averaging 10.5 free throw attempts over the six games. All those freebies bolstered his scoring number: a dominant 27.3 points per game in a slow-down series. He was the clear winner of his match-up with LaMarcus Aldridge and he was huge in Dallas' fourth quarter close out on the road in Game 6. He will need to shoot better from the field for the Mavericks to upset the Lakers, but he was money when it mattered in round one.

Grade: A-

Jason Terry: Like Nowitzki, there's room for improvement for guard Jason Terry, who started slowly in the series as guard Jason Kidd and wing Peja Stojakovic both handled the early secondary scoring burden for the Mavericks. But, also like Nowitzki, Terry was big when it mattered most, finishing with 22 points in Game 6, including a number of huge shots, and playing excellent defense as well. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle singled him out for praise for the job he did containing and pressuring Brandon Roy, who was a virtual non-factor in the deciding game after carrying Portland to its two victories in the series. Terry knows he will need to get off to better starts against the Lakers but he sounded amped for the next round to begin.

Grade: B+

Rick Carlisle: His team was favored heading into the series so Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle isn't likely to be showered in praise. He should be, though, as his team made all the necessary adjustments as this series unfolded. The Mavericks eliminated easys buckets for LaMarcus Aldridge, forced the Blazers to hit three-pointers, limited their turnovers and remembered to run their offense late. He threw wrinkles at the Blazers by mixing up his defensive assignments and was able to get production from his bench even though J.J. Barea had a forgettable series and Terry was a bit up and down. Most of all, he kept things together after a giant momentum swing following Portland's dramatic come-from-behind Game 4 win. A much bigger test awaits in Los Angeles, but he aced this one.

Grade: A

Overall grade: The Mavericks could very easily have won both of the games they lost and they were dominant at times during all four of their wins. The Rose Garden is a tough environment to steal a road win, though, and the third time was the charm. Their offensive balance and efficiency were excellent throughout and they exceeded expectations defensively and on the boards. They did it all against an inferior opponent, though, so there's a chance the ease of victory was simply fool's good. They won't have the luxury of letting wins slip through their fingers against Los Angeles.

Grade: B+


LaMarcus Aldridge: Portland's emerging leader and All-Star candidate played well and extremely consistently, but he was unable to dominate after strong showings in Games 1 and 2. Part of that was systemic: the Blazers turned to Brandon Roy more heavily, which tends to reduce Aldridge's touches and opportunities. But part of it was also Dallas' defense, which took away his lob plays, banged him up a little bit and succeeded in turning him into a jump shooter at times. The Blazers needed an over-the-top performance from Aldridge to overcome their lack of depth and poor outside shooting. He wasn't able to deliver. That fact shouldn't mar what was an excellent season for Aldridge but it will linger on his resume until he delivers a playoff series win.

Grade: B

Brandon Roy: It was a season to forget for Brandon Roy, who underwent dual knee surgeries and missed nearly half the year. Roy played better in the playoffs than he did down the stretch, rediscovering his clutch game and shot-making abilities in both Games 3 and 4. His fourth quarter in Game 4 will remain the stuff of legend for years in Portland. Over the course of the series, though, his limitations stuck out. His three-point shooting (38.6%) was abysmal, his struggles to play team defense remain a major liability and he wasn't able to get to the free throw line with any regularity. His 9.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists made him Portland's best bench player, but the Blazers needed him to step up as a true No. 2 option given Gerald Wallace's struggles. He wasn't able to do that, but it's understandable given the circumstances.

Grade: B

Rudy Fernandez: At the top of the blame game chart in Portland will be reserve guard Rudy Fernandez, who has cultivated a reputation for being soft and coming up small in big moments for years now. Fernandez was a total non-factor in the series, averaging just 2.8 points in 13.5 minutes and struggling to stay in McMillan's playoff rotation after playing 23.3 minutes per game during the regular season. Fernandez shot the ball without confidence and it showed in the numbers: 22.2% from the field, 30.0% from deep. He wasn't able to make plays with his passing or his defense, either. Blazers coach Nate McMillan singled him out for praise for his ability to handle Barea, but it seemed like he was just trying to be nice and/or build Fernandez's confidence. This series was a mess for Fernandez and it leaves his future in Portland very much in question.

Grade: D

Overall Grade: The Blazers desperately wanted to take a step forward in the playoffs this year and committed big money to Wesley Matthews and Gerald Wallace to make that happen. Instead, they go home at the same spot they did last season, losing a Game 6 at home in the first round. Portland showed heart and competitiveness at times during the series but their execution on both ends of the court was lacking for huge stretches. GM Rich Cho has a lot of decisions to make this offseason. Unless the Blazers get Greg Oden back healthy or Roy makes a meaningful recovery of skill, it's difficult to see this core group advancing further in next year's postseason.

Grade: C
Posted on: February 17, 2011 8:33 am

Trade Deadline: Devin Harris to Blazers?

Report indicates Nets and Blazers discussing swap involving Andre Miller and Devin Harris among other pieces. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Devin Harris has been talked about in trade rumors which would ship him to Portland for months. He was part of one of the first Nets-Melo deals back in September. He was discussed in the second deal as well, with the idea being Denver would then ship him to Portland for Nicolas Batum. So the Blazers obviously have some level of interest in him, and the word's been out for a while that they would like to move Andre Miller. Which means that the latest report out of the Bergen Record has some immediate weight, as it suggests there have been talks already between Portland and New Jersey recently for just such a swap. From the Record:

The Nets and Blazers have exchanged trade proposals and still are discussing a deal. Harris and veteran point guard Andre Miller are the main pieces, but more players are involved, multiple NBA sources said. 
It’s doubtful the Nets will trade Harris, who turns 28 in two weeks, straight up for Miller, who turns 35 next month. 
The Nets want to expand the trade and are trying to include disappointing free-agent signing Travis Outlaw, who began his career in Portland. The Blazers are interested in shooting guard Anthony Morrow.
via Nets, Blazers talking about Devin Harris deal - NorthJersey.com.

The report goes on to suggest that the Nets have also brought up Rudy Fernandez and Joel Przybilla in the talks. Harris has struggled since his first season with New Jersey, which showed a lot of promise. Harris is still considered a "young" point guard despite turning 28 this month and has more athleticism than Miller (because he has any athleticism at all at this point).  Harris is the biggest value chip that the Nets have, and the Blazers have multiple assets they could be looking to move, so this one makes a lot of sense. The Nets could easily move Harris and pull in Przybilla to finish out his expring season, and then swap out Troy Murphy or buy him out to create even more space. 

And yet. 

Miller has been a huge part of LaMarcus Aldridge's explosion into stardom this season, lobbing to him several times a game. Miller's also been vital for their overall success and is a key component to their playoff run. Harris is likely the better player, but the old "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" axiom is in play here. If the Blazers want that playoff money, keeping Miller is a safe bet. Similarly, Rudy Fernandez after complaining for months about wanting to leave the country all together, has played fairly brilliantly for the Blazers. Will the situation be the same if he goes to a losing squad? 

Adding Morrow would be a great get for the Blazers, as he would provide balance with Aldridge and perimeter scoring by the handful. This is the kind of move for the Blazers that could upgrade their talent and clear their books, without having to take a step backwards towards rebuilding, which the franchise is hesitant to do, still. 

But where does Morrow fit in with Wesley Matthews and Brandon Roy? And for the Nets, why take on Miller knowing you'll just be left trying to find another point guard next year (assuming they drop Miller's last year which is non-guaranteed)? There are questions in this deal to be sure. But it's clear that Portland's interested in Harris, and the Nets want to deal.  There may be some fire to this smoke. 

Or, you know, it's yet another trade rumor. It's that time of the year, really.
Posted on: February 1, 2011 12:11 pm

Rudy Fernandez is happy in Portland, for now

Posted by Royce Young

Remember over the summer when Rudy Fernandez and his agent basically begged Trail Blazers general manager Richo Cho for a release or trade? I do, because I wrote about it like 15 times.

Obviously, Fernandez wasn't traded. Or released. He's still in Portland and because of injuries to the entire city, is seeing a good amount of playing time. Now, Fernandez is sing a different tune. He's happy now and might even want to stay in Portland long-term.

Fernandez told SPORT.es, via HoopsHype that's feeling good about the Blazers again.

"I'm feeling real good here in Portland and I don't want to think about any trade. If everything continues like this maybe I would want to be here for a lot of years. I've feel that I'm blessed and now I'm more mature. The way the summer went... that made me open my eyes and realize that I'm playing in the best league in the world and I want to cherish the moment, enjoy the NBA. And I now that the NBA is a roller coaster, but I feel it's the best year after coming here."

That's a far cry from the summer where Fernandez's agent took it so far that the NBA had to fine him for publicly demanding a trade. And then Rudy spoke up and so he was fined again. Rudy had been unhappy with his role behind Brandon Roy and felt like he wasn't getting enough minutes. His minutes have actually decreased this season (from 23.2 a game to 21.8) but he's handling more, shooting more and is taking a bigger role within the Blazer offense.

"Now I enjoy playing, coach is giving me freedom," Fernandez added. "It's true that this situation is in part because of the injuries but the truth is I'm comfortable on the court and that makes me happy on and off the court. Now I have more friends in Portland, the family and people come to see me more often and I'm very focused on my job."

The Knicks appeared to be a prime candidate for Fernandez and made a number of calls to try and swing a trade. But the Blazers wanted a first-round pick for Rudy, something the Knicks didn't have.

Now just because Fernandez is happy now and is talking long-term in Portland doesn't mean the Blazers have a mutual feeling. Cho spoke about shaking up the roster recently and Fernandez is certainly a piece that could be involved in that. A lot of this depends on Brandon Roy's situation but more so about the long-term vision Cho has for the Blazers in Portland.

Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:02 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 11:12 pm

Brandon Roy considers arthroscopic knee procedure

Portland Trail Blazers All-Star guard Brandon Roy is reportedly considering an arthroscopic knee procedure. Posted by Ben Golliver. brandon-roy

The Portland Trail Blazers announced in December that All-Star guard Brandon Roy would be sidelined indefinitely with pain in both of his surgically repaired knees. Last week, we noted a report that Roy was considering meniscus transplant surgery, a rare procedure not usually performed on professional athletes during their active career.

The Portland Tribune reports on Wednesday that transplant surgery is apparently no longer an option, and that Roy is now considering an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee.
Roy and team officials flew to the Bay Area last Thursday to meet with Dr. Brian Cole, the team doctor of the Chicago Bulls and one of the world’s foremost experts on articular cartilage repair.
Cole is of the opinion that meniscus transplant surgery on Roy, who has had a pair of lateral meniscus operations and is at the bone-on-bone stage with the left knee, is not an option. Cole offered the possibility that an arthroscopic procedure, however, might relieve some of the pain.
Arthroscopic surgery is a relatively simple procedure and generally does not require an athlete to be sidelined for an extended period of time. Roy underwent an arthroscopic surgery during last year's playoffs and returned to the court eight days after the procedure.

The Tribune notes that Roy could potentially return to the court this season if he decides to undergo an arthroscopic surgery. 

The Blazers have played surprisingly well in Roy's absence, but guards Wesley Matthews and Rudy Fernandez have struggled at times to provide the scoring consistency that made Roy a three-time All-Star in his first four seasons in the NBA.

IN theory, this would represent an ideal situation for Roy, as his goal is to return to the court and play effectively as quickly as possible. Questions remain, though, about whether a procedure of this kind would relieve the persistent swelling and soreness he has experienced this season and allow Roy to play with greater mobility. It was assumed this fall that the conditions of Roy's knee had deteriorated to the point that a surgery of this type either wouldn't be possible or wouldn't have a meaningful impact. 
Posted on: December 21, 2010 9:48 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:45 pm

Blazers' Brandon Roy out longer than expected

Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy will miss another week due to knee pain. Posted by Ben Golliverbrandon-roy

Last week, we noted that Portland Trail Blazers all star guard Brandon Roy would miss three games with ongoing soreness in his left knee, pain that has limited him significantly so far this season.  On Tuesday, Portland Trail Blazers president Larry Miller announced on a Blazers.com streaming video program that Roy's absence will be longer than expected, as he will not travel on Portland's upcoming road trip.  Later in the program, Blazers GM Rich Cho echoed the news, saying, ""We have to be patient. Brandon is going to take another week off, he's not going to go on this road trip to Golden State, Utah and Denver. We have to be patient." Portland is off this week, but plays three games in four nights on the road beginning with a Christmas Day date with the Warriors in Golden State. The Blazers then have a back-to-back against Northwest Division rivals, facing the Jazz in Utah on Monday and the Nuggets in Denver on Tuesday. Roy's production is down across the board this year, as he is averaging 16.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, below his career averages of 19.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists.

The Blazers will continue to start guard Wesley Matthews in Roy's place and will hope that reserve guard Rudy Fernandez continues to provide solid production off the bench as well. Matthews and Fernandez have blossomed a bit in Roy's absence, but both still need to prove they can bring the consistency that Roy was known for during the first four seasons of his career.

The Blazers surely miss Roy, but managed to sweep the Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks in his absence this week. On the year, the Blazers are currently 5-1 on the season when Roy doesn't play, fueling speculation that his role may be diminished when he does return.   As of now, though, the Blazers have not yet firmed up a return date for Roy. The Blazers next play at home on Dec. 30 against the Jazz.
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