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Fernandez to play out NBA deal before returning to Spain

Jul 5, 2011, 10:16 AM EST

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Over the weekend we told you about Real Madrid’s effort to entice Rudy Fernandez to come play in Spain. Which was a pretty smart move by the team, to try and lure him over during the lockout and be able to keep him in his native Spain, a place he said he wanted to return to play.

The only thing standing in his way is that pesky NBA contract he still has.

Fernandez told Spanish sports site Marca that he will honor his NBA deal (via Hoopshype). To play for Real Madrid next season would have required a letter of clearance from FIBA that he likely would not have gotten until it was clear the NBA season was fully cancelled (if it even gets to that).

Fernandez has been traded to the Dallas Mavericks. It’s a team he could find a rhythm with on the court as it is filled with veterans that fill a specific role on the team and do it well. Also, they have a number of international players (Dirk Nowitzki, Rodrigue Beaubois, Ian Mahinmi and J.J. Barea if they can re-sign him) even if none are from Spain.

Don’t be shocked if Fernandez bolts back to Europe after this season.

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