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Rudy Fernandez's agent ups the rhetoric, says holdout possible

Aug 18, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

rfernandez_jumper.jpgUPDATE 9:25 pm: New Trail Blazers General Manager Rich Cho wasn’t moved by all this, according to a tweet from Marc Spears at Yahoo.

POR GM Rich Cho
tells Y! he has no plans of releasing Fernandez out of contract and he
will “make the best decision for the organization.”

6:40 pm: Rudy Fernandez wants to be traded. He likes the idea of playing in Europe.

In other breaking news, the sun rose in the east this morning, the Dali Lama is non-violent, bears do their thing in the woods, and boiled okra is the worst food on the planet.

There is nothing remotely new about Fernandez being unhappy in Portland or wanting to be traded. Or be allowed to go play in Europe. Or that he remains stuck in Portland as they have his contract are not giving it up easily.

The only thing new is that when called Fernandez’s agent Andy Miller he upped the rhetoric.

“Portland and I have had numerous discussions, almost daily, on the situation,” Andy Miller told “I think this situation is headed for a collision course because Rudy’s perspective on where he wants to be and what he wants to do and how he wants to accomplish it is on the opposite of the spectrum from where Portland sees the situation.

“I don’t think (the relationship) is reparable.”

Collision course? What kind of collision could there really be?

When asked if he would go as far as to advice Fernandez not to show up for training camp, Miller answered: “Possibly.”

That’s not much of a collision. What does Portland lose? The services of a role player they now don’t have to pay. What does Fernandez lose? His entire paycheck and time for the limited number of years he can make money playing basketball.

Miller goes on to overstate Fernandez’s value (saying he was one of the top players in the NBA) and up the rhetoric ante like agents are wont to do.

That doesn’t move Portland the front office at all. It does make Fernandez sound like a whiner to the people of Portland, who are turning on him.

  1. jamesinva - Aug 18, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Ive been a trail blazer fan all my life. And I am fed up with this stupid feud Rudy is having with the Blazers. He has been a decent player, fills a need for Portland as his shooting is great, however him being this way, I prefer him stay in Spain and never play in the NBA again.
    Under the CBA rules, I believe if portland does not release him and Rudy does not come to portland, he will NOT be eligible to player for any other team even in Europe. A player who could be close to or is in his prime to sit out 2 years and make NO money is just a stupid move by him.
    What has Rudy done in the NBA to act this way anyway? Also if he had kept his mouth shut it is possible he could have been or will be traded. Such remarks just totally destroyed his trade value. I dont know how i could support this AHole ever again, if he DOES report to training camp and suits up for Portland, expect LOTS of Boos.

  2. Zachariah Blott - Aug 18, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    I said before that his talents are extremely tough to analyze or quantify, and this sulk-fest he’s been going through the past year or so that’s intensified this summer doesn’t make him look any better. Because it’s tough to evaluate what he actually brings to the table, all of these comments from his camp only make him that much harder to trade. At this point, Portland should take any first round pick they can get and call it someone else’s drama.

  3. Sal - Aug 18, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    Trade him the Lakers. We would love to have him. We’ll trade Sasha for him. I can imagine a Spanish Combo. of Gasol and Fernadez running the Lake show for a long time.

  4. Bizzle - Aug 18, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Give him to the Lakers

  5. jamesinva - Aug 19, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    Sorry but WHY would Portland trade him to the Lakers? I mean lets be realistic here…WHY would they do such a thing? And for Sasha? Id rather trade Rudy for a bag of chips than for Sasha. Trade him to the Lakers to make them even MORE dangerous? To make him “happy” to be reunited with his friend Gasol?
    On a more serious note…
    TYPICAL nonsense from Laker fans. Use your heads. HELLO!?
    He wants out because he wants MORE playing time? Rudy is a SHOOTING GUARD. Dont you guys have a guy by the name of KOBE BRYANT? Meaning Rudy will play just as much or LESS than he did in Portland. Please make SOME sense here and understand the reason for Rudy being unhappy. In other words, READ THE ARTICLE, Process it in your minds, understand what is going on, THEN suggest a LOGICAL idea if you would at all.
    Typical Laker fan response to this would be:

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