Tag:Rudy Fernandez
Posted on: July 28, 2010 10:51 am
Edited on: July 28, 2010 11:09 am
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Fernandez to finally be dealt soon?

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.

Posted on: July 22, 2010 8:16 am
 

Shootaround: 7.22.10

Posted by Royce Young
  • Brian T. Smith of The Columbian with an update on Rudy Fernandez: "Blazers are actively pursuing trade for Fernandez. Team is willing to keep Fernandez, though, and will not give him away for "free." Blazers feel that situation with Fernandez has come to a head. His continuing talk about possible move has team wanting to resolve situation. If Fernandez chooses to play elsewhere, Blazers could place him on suspended list. Team doesn't think it will come to that, though. Only way Fernandez is not on Blazers' roster at start of season is if he is traded. Team will not release him or "sell" his rights."
  • The Painted Area, one of the very best places for international basketball commentary, thinks the US is sn underdog in Turkey : "I'm certainly not counting out the U.S., but to me as of today, the signs point to Spain being the favorites to win gold, and extend a remarkable national sporting run including Rafael Nadal's Grand Slam titles, Pau Gasol's NBA championships, FIBA gold medals at the 2006 Worlds and 2009 EuroBasket plus silvers at the 2007 EuroBasket and 2008 Olympics, and football championships at the 2008 Euro and 2010 FIFA World Cup."
  • ESPN's ombudsman looks at The Decision : "ESPN can brush off concerns raised about "The Decision," but it does so at its own peril. A major component of ESPN's appeal -- a value the network has cultivated for three decades -- is that the audience trusts what it's watching. Viewers want to believe the network is treating them respectfully, openly, fairly and honestly. If not, why should they bother watching."
  • An interesting dilemma for Cleveland: Should the Cavs retire LeBron's number ? On the one hand, no way! How could anyone forgive him in Cleveland for what happened. But on the other, he's clearly the best player the franchise has ever had and led them to the most success they've had. I say no, but it's close. (via TrueHoop )
  • More on the Shaq to Atlanta situation from Hoopinion : "Shaq for $2 million next season makes far more sense than spending the MLE for X number of years on Shaq. Not that it's any more realistic than Joe Johnson agreeing to a 4-year, $60 million extension last Summer, but, hey, it's worth a shot."
  • Rony Seikaly - yes, that Rony Seikaly - has a single out . It's titled "Come With Me" and as Trey Kerby of Ball Don't Lie says, "That's certainly something."
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 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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