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GM Rich Cho: Rudy Fernandez will not be released by Blazers

Aug 26, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for blazers_logo.pngRudy Fernandez may need to readjust his dreams back to being traded, because the Blazers are not letting him go to Europe.

In an interview on 1080 The Fan in Portland (transcribed by Blazers Edge), new General Manager Rich Cho made it as clear as he possibly could.

“We won’t release his rights.”

Without that Fernandez cannot return to Europe. So, what about trading him?

“I’ve talked to a lot of teams. I don’t want to get into specific trade talks. The whole Rudy issue is out there. I have been active in talking to a lot of teams.”

So Rudy can wait.

In the same interview, Cho continued the Blazers theme of saying Greg Oden is on schedule, but that schedule may not have him ready at the start of the season. He said that Oden is not yet playing in games.

Cho also said that Joel Przybilla is on a “November, December timeframe”

  1. loteq - Aug 27, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    When it comes to it, an European team does not need the NBA rights to sign a player, so this affects Fernandez only if he wants to return to the NBA.
    The Blazers just manage to annoy me more and more, not enough that they are the most boring team to watch in the NBA, they now are also annoying off the court.
    I say Rudy, just call the bluff and leave for Madrid, serve them well. They will regret it, Memphis is already regretting using Navarro just as a stupid 3-point shooter, and now he’s Euroleague MVP. If it’s not meant to be, go on with your life, better a great player in the Euroleague than a good NBA player that never plays.

  2. Petey - Aug 27, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    “When it comes to it, an European team does not need the NBA rights to sign a player, so this affects Fernandez only if he wants to return to the NBA.”
    A Euro team obviously doesn’t need Rudy’s NBA rights, but a Euro team is prohibited from signing an NBA player currently under contract to an NBA team.
    And Rudy is currently under contract to Portland.
    He can’t go anywhere in Europe this year, and assuming Portland picks up their team option for 11/12, he can’t go anywhere in Europe next year either.
    “I say Rudy, just call the bluff and leave for Madrid, serve them well.”
    In short, Rudy doesn’t have that option available.
    Unless Portland agrees, he can’t play organized basketball anywhere but Portland next year.
    And since Portland can only get real compensation from an NBA team, there is no way for Rudy to end up in Europe anytime soon.
    His only actual options are to get Portland to move him elsewhere in the NBA, to play for Portland, or to sit at home in Madrid twiddling his thumbs.

  3. loteq - Aug 27, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    I stand corrected

  4. jamesinva - Aug 27, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    loteq, your comments are a joke. petey just totally owned you. rudy having 2 more years left on his contract, if he were to stay in Spain, the only basketball he’ll be playing is in his backyard. getting 0 pay. what a WASTE.
    most boring team to watch? wow….you got issues man. thats your own opinion. hating on this young team with great talent and calling them the most boring team to watch. now they are annoying off the court because they wont say “awwwwww ok rudy we will let you go since you are uspet”. apparently you know nothing of nba rules, nothing of how to run a business, probably a band wagon fan with a kobe bryant poster on your wall. just a straight up hater. real talk

  5. Petey - Aug 27, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    “loteq, your comments are a joke. petey just totally owned you.”
    Well, no.
    Dude said something incorrect due to a somewhat obscure rule, was corrected, and took the correction like a gentleman.
    Your response, jamesinva, is the loser in the thread.

  6. jamesinva - Aug 27, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    took the correction like a gentleman? for having not had a chance to click on the post again to see if anyone replied? dont know what i said to offend you petey, and i dont know how im the loser when im stating my opinions rather than misquoting or not understanding common sense rules. i am a blazer fan and ofcourse i am offended when someone would talk smack about my team calling them “boring”.
    apparently my comments offended someone that i wasnt even directing anything towards. to me that is very humorous. “took it like a gentleman” lol. im sorry i guess im not being a gentleman since i happened to respond to what you said.

  7. Rafa - Aug 27, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    What if Rudy declared himself in “rebellion”? If Rudy stated on a document that he doesn´t want to play on a NBA team next season, then he would have to leave the league and would be free to sign for an European team. And then he could come back to NBA after 2 years (as long as he wanted to do so, which I doubt)

  8. loteq - Aug 29, 2010 at 2:39 AM

    jamesinva, you’re a troll.
    And the blazers are boring.

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