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Rudy Fernandez going home, to sign with Real Madrid

Jul 3, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

Rudy Fernandez Nuggets

Rudy Fernandez has wanted to get back to play in Spain as badly as Pepe Le Pew wants that poor black cat who keeps accidentally getting the white stripe down its back. And Fernandez was about that subtle about it.

Now he is finally going to get his wish. Fernandez is going to announce Wednesday he has inked a deal with Real Madrid, according to reports within the Spanish press.

This is not a shock. Denver didn’t even bother to make him a restricted free agent to retain his rights.

Fernandez showed potential as an NBA rotation player and maybe starter, but never felt he was featured enough in Portland. And he never seemed to feel at home there, well, at least until his final year, when he was traded. Two summers ago Fernandez whined and tried to get Portland to release him so he could go to Spain and play. Last summer during the lockout he did play for Real Madrid but had to return after the lockout. He eventually landed with Denver, who didn’t try very hard to keep him.

You may well never see Fernandez in the NBA again. However his back is reportedly better and you will see him as part of the Spanish national team in the Olympics.

  1. itsthemelman82 - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Would have been a great fit on the Bulls. Especially now

  2. blazenhawks - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    good leave you european trash. You never had the heart to win or the skill.

  3. genericcommenter - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    I won’t call him “european (sic) trash” or any other names, but I always got the impression that he couldn’t cut it in the NBA because he wasn’t willing to what it took. He wanted to be featured more, but he seemed like a cry baby who just wanted to go home back to lesser competition where he was comfortable. There are plenty of non-European players who dominate lower levels and don’t get a chance to be The Man in the NBA, either. European guys aren’t special. Dude was like 25 years old giving up because he didn’t become the number one option right off the plane.

    • itsthemelman82 - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:32 PM

      He had some really great moments in Portland but I can somewhat agree with your point. I think he did want to be featured more but, I don’t think he was ever given a bigger role after he proved he could play on the NBA level. I know for sure he wasn’t last yr in Denver.

  4. diablito0402 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    I heard all the american players that went overseas during the lockout where called names too, i wonder if they said go back home you american garbage, with your crappy arogant trashy attitudes.. Just sayin

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