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Portland still trying to trade Rudy Fernandez, at least his agent thinks so

Jul 28, 2010, 9:01 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for nba_fernandez_250.jpgRudy Fernandez has gone where Chris Paul can’t — he has basically demanded a trade. The man wants out of Portland and away from Nate McMillan as fast as he can. Fernandez wants the ball in his hands, he envisions himself to be a playmaker. Portland already has those and McMillan just wants him to shoot. That makes Rudy sad.

New Portland General Manager Rich Cho is listening to offers. Can you blame him — who wouldn’t want to make a trade when you just get the power to green light one? But you’re going to have to wow Cho, his first trade will not be crap, as he told Jason Quick of the Oregonian.

“I’ve spoken to Andy and I’m aware of Rudy’s feelings,” Cho said. “But at the end of the day we are going to make the best decision for the franchise.”

Boston, Chicago and New York are all in the running for Fernandez, at least that’s what his agent, Andy Miller. However, he is an agent whose client wants to be on the move, so find yourself a salt flat before swallowing anything he says.

But there is interest, and those three teams make some sense.

Chicago could slide him right in at the two, where they had pictured JJ Redick would go. Of course, Redick is primarily a shooter and Rose is the guy making the plays with the ball in his hands, but Rudy wants out and Chicago is out. Chicago has been offering James Johnson to anyone and everyone this offseason, but Johnson and a pick may not be the best deal Cho will hear.

Boston has interest and they certainly could use depth and playmakers coming off the bench. But what are they going to offer? Rasheed Wallace and pick that likely will be near the bottom of the draft? Not thrilling either.

On the court, New York might be the best fit — Fernandez would fit well in Mike D’Antoni’s system and he gets to set up plays. The question is what would the Knicks offer to go with what could be a nice pick? Toney Douglas? That would certainly be an upgrade for the Knicks (as much as they like Douglas, who has real potential). Just a guess. But the Knicks have a roster of options, and more than one player could be involved.

Bottom line, there is some smoke. That smoke could become a real fire in the next 48 hours. Or Rudy could sulk on the Portland bench all next season. Which would make Rudy sad. And does anybody want to see that?

  1. JamesinVA - Jul 28, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    This guy is a little biotch. Im a huge trail blazer fan and in my personal opinion, for a guy who played horrible last year, he should shut his trap and EARN his playing time. Not happy? Then have a meeting with the coach and try to work something out. Hes done NOTHING in this league to demand this kind of stuff. Just because he was a star in Spain doesnt mean you get treated Class A here especially when you really havent proven much. VERY entertaining player, fun to watch, great shooter, but hes more of a b*tch than any of those. The team and fans that gets him will LOVE him, immediate fan favorite and seeing him throw down alley oops, knock down 3s, you will smile. So yea it does hurt to lose him however like I said, get this whining b*tch outta here.

  2. kjmasterfunk - Jul 28, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    sounds like your the one that needs something to b*tch about lol

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