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Mavericks trade for Rudy Fernandez

Jun 23, 2011, 10:58 PM EST

Rudy Fernandez, Portland Trail Blazers AP

The fact that the Dallas Mavericks are the reigning world champions apparently doesn’t mean a thing in terms of how they’re approaching next season. This year’s roster was the best in the league, yet on draft night, they’ve already made a deal to try and get better.

Dallas acquired Rudy Fernandez and Petteri Kopenen from Portland in exchange for the 26 and 57 overall picks in Thursday’s draft, according to a report from ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. The 26 pick ended up being Texas standout Jordan Hamilton.

Obviously, young talent is great if you have time to develop it, but not so much when you’re a team pursuing another championship, as Mavericks’ president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson told ESPN.com.

“The balance is a player that’s a young one versus one that’s been around the league for a few years and can help us win right away,” Nelson said of dealing the rights to first-round pick Jordan Hamilton of Texas to Portland for a veteran. “Obviously, we’re in a championship push mode.”

Fernandez can play, but likely needs a change of scenery to truly show what he’s capable of. He had been unhappy with his role in Portland, and even was fined $50,000 by the league before the beginning of last season for his agent’s public request that he be released from his contract. One would think that getting the opportunity to contribute for the defending champs would provide an immediate attitude adjustment.

  1. geraldthecat - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    Another 42 percent 3 point guy that is 88 percent from the line and has defense problems. ……. Repeat

    • svallen - Jun 24, 2011 at 7:47 AM

      Relatively low salary (http://www.spotrac.com/nba/dallas-mavericks/rudy-fernandez/) compared to upper-echelon players. At best he could be a come off the bench player and help the Mavs as some of the players did throughout the playoffs. Obviously, the Mavs see something in him in order to trade for him.

  2. Justin - Jun 24, 2011 at 2:08 AM

    Seems like a decent grab for the Mavs assuming he doesn’t have issues playing for them like he did in Portland. I kind of liked the potential of Jordan Hamilton though. Maybe they are thinking they are too veteran of a team to wait for a kid that has “potential”

  3. purdueman - Jun 24, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    I LOVE this deal for Dallas, as there’s no way they would have gotten near the player, much less a seasoned proven player, for what little that they gave up. The most important thing to the NBA is to keep greaser Riley and the Heat as the villans in black hats so that everyone can sit back and have a hearty laugh as they keep nearing the summit, only to fall back and roll down the mountain bare butt on their ARSES!

    This gets Dallas younger and makes them a conference co-favorite (along with the Lakers who everyone still expects to make at least one trade to improve with Odom likely being the guy on the hook of the fishing pole), to win the West next year.

    While I’d love to see the Bulls become the next team to flush Miami down the old terlet, I’d also be fine if that’s the Lakers, Thunder, Mavs or Little Sisters of The Poor too!

    Make the world a better place; punch greaser Pat Riley in the face!

  4. readysethike - Jun 24, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    Guess that means peja is gone, solid pick up

    • pdbro - Jun 24, 2011 at 8:57 AM

      Most likely means Stevenson is gone. I think Peja was gone already.

  5. mattaliano - Jun 24, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    I kind of see this as a money smart move, That why why can resign Chandler, Butler, and JJ.

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