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Tag:Portland Trail Blazers
Posted on: July 20, 2010 10:55 am
Edited on: July 20, 2010 10:56 am
 

Rudy Fernandez wants to return to Europe

Posted by Royce Young

Rudy Fernandez has been a pretty hot topic over the past few months. Multiple teams have made a run at him, most notably the Knicks, but Portland hasn't found a suitor. He wants to be traded, the Blazers want to trade him and the Knicks want him traded (to them).

But all that might be over soon. Fernandez told the Spanish website El Mundo Deportivo that he prefers a return to Spain. HoopsHype translates :

"If I could reach an agreement with Portland, so that they would not trade me to another NBA team and they would accept my return to Europe, I'd be pleased. ... My agents are looking for the best trade for me, but at the end of the day only Portland can decide."

That's kind of sort of huge. Fernandez reportedly had a list of four teams he wished to be traded to and it's looking like an ideal deal for him isn't on the horizon. Maybe this is some kind of threat so that the Blazers get something done soon. Maybe Fernandez really would prefer to return to Europe and resume his career there.

Whatever the case, have fun your first day on the job Rich Cho!
Posted on: July 20, 2010 8:13 am
Edited on: July 20, 2010 9:59 am
 

Shootaround: 7.20.10

Posted by Royce Young
  • For whatever reason, Matt Barnes has become one of the most talked about free agents on the market this offseason. And yesterday, he appeared headed to Toronto in a sign-and-trade . However, because of some miscalculating, Marc Stein reports the deal is possibly dead : "Since Toronto recently spent the bulk of its $5.8 million mid-level exception to sign Linas Kleiza , it doesn't have the available funds to sign Barnes outright to a deal that starts in the neighborhood of $4 million. The Magic, though, are prevented by salary-cap rules from starting a sign-and-trade deal for Barnes at higher than $2 million, because Orlando doesn't have Barnes' full Bird rights after employing him for only one season. A sign-and-trade deal would also have to span at least three years, although only the first year is required to be guaranteed."
  • Henry Abbott with nine things to know about Cho : "Given the soap opera in Portland's front office over the last few months, Cho's law school focus on "dispute resolution" could prove to be the most valuable element in his time in Portland."
  • There's been some concern that Amare Stoudemire won't be able to produce quite the same numbers without primo setup man Steve Nash orchestrating the offense. But Knicks assistant Phil Weber told the New York Post that Amare will be fine : "Everybody's going to look very good playing with [Nash]. But Amar'e in his own right, he's got the versatility, quickness and shooting ability, he's going to wreck havoc on the defense.''
  • Shoals writing on Free Darko about DeMarcus Cousins and how he relates to other players with character issues : "Cousins might seem to call into question whatever it is that Arenas and Beasley represented. On the contrary, in his contradictions, he make more urgent than ever the need to develop a more psychologically sophisticated approach to assessing prospects. Arenas asserted the right to be kooky, unpredictable, and obsessive; Beasley , incoherent, compelling and loud. That was a fair description of each at their best, and if their stories ended today, each would serve as a cautionary tale against this kind of player. Cousins , though, makes the case for the development of something new, something that might actually better equip a team for an Arenas or Beasley —that is, anyone other than an outright bust."
Posted on: July 19, 2010 1:22 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 1:30 pm
 

Rich Cho to be named GM of Trail Blazers

Posted by Royce Young

Rich Cho will be the next general manager of the Trail Blazers, The Oregonian reports .

The Oklahoma City Thunder assistant general manager interviewed with the team last week in Las Vegas and will be named today. Cho has built a reputation as a young and bright executive who has degrees in engineering and law.

Cho replaces Kevin Pritchard, who was fired on June 24. Cho will step into a great situation roster-wise in Portland with a star already there in Brandon Roy, a great coach and a number of quality supporting cast players. But besides managing questions about Greg Oden's health and keeping one of the best and most passionate fanbases in sports happy, Cho also has to deal with an ownership group that has been characterized as "meddling". So that should be fun for him.

Cho was known as the Thunder's cap expert and has been with the Thunder franchise for 11 seasons and served eight as assistant GM. He was responsible for contract negotiations, salary cap and Collective Bargaining Agreement matters, player contracts and all player personnel issues.

Cho is a native of the Pacific Northwest and a member of the Washington State Bar, a graduate of Pepperdine Law School and achieved his undergraduate at Washington State University.



Posted on: July 15, 2010 10:09 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2010 10:10 pm
 

Fernandez has trade wish list to four

Posted by Royce Young

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News tweets : "Blazers source says Rudy Fernandez has list of 4 teams he wants to be traded to and yes Knicks are one of them. Knicks lead NBA in lists."

So Fernandez has a list of four that he approves of. The Knicks are one on said list. That just means we have to narrow it down from 29 instead of 30 now. No problem. 

Who else could be on there? Other teams that have been mumbled about are the Raptors, Rockets, Wizards and Bulls. Though we can probably cross Chicago off right now with the addition of Kyle Korver.

The Oregonian reported back in June that the Wizards offered Portland Nick Young for Fernandez but were turned down. And while he may have a wish list of teams he prefers, that doesn't mean he's going to land at one. But the Knicks certainly are a common sense fit for Fernandez. He seems like a player that would thrive in the D'Antoni system. Good shooter, great passer and so-so defender. Sounds about right.

 
 
 
 
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