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It's Thursday and Rudy still wants a trade

Posted on: August 12, 2010 12:02 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2010 12:18 pm
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Posted by Royce Young

Rudy Fernandez has made it pretty darn clear that he wants a trade. And he's reiterating those sentiments again. HoopsHype translated an interview done with Marca.com and Rudy once again laid his feelings out.

"It's more like we're trying to talk with (the Blazers) and make them understand my position. And let's make clear I understand theirs too," Fernandez said. "We have to come to an agreement and find a way out as soon as possible. I made a great effort going to the States, making less money that I would in Europe. This season, I decided with my agents that the best thing was to try to get traded so I could be on another team with more playing time."

The was also talk that Fernandez grew depressed over playing time and his situation. He talked a little about that too.

"Not to the point of being depressed, but I've been pretty messed up psychologically," he said. "I didn't feel comfortable on the court and sometimes I preferred to stay on the bench. I didn't feel capable of helping the team and that's very tough to handle for any player."

It's looking unlikely that Fernandez will in fact get moved any time soon though. The Bulls are still a candidate even though they just signed Keith Bogans, but Blazers coach Nate McMillan said in an interview with NECN.com that his focus is that Fernandez will be back and also how to use him when he comes back.

The Celtics are another potential spot for Fernandez to land, though if the Blazers aren't willing to swap Fernandez just to get him out of Portland, it's unlikely the Blazers will be satisfied with most packages teams like the Bulls and Celtics could put together. The Blazers have been clear they want a first round pick among other things, so teams like the Celtics and Bulls will have to weigh that and decide if Fernandez is a piece worth going after. But this much is apparently clear: You better play him if you get him or he'll want to leave.

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Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: August 13, 2010 8:14 am
 

It's Thursday and Rudy still wants a trade

Who the heck is Rudy Fernandez? haha jk.



Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: August 12, 2010 7:27 pm
 

It's Thursday and Rudy still wants a trade

The problem is Rudy makes peanuts and he basically quit on the Blazers in the playoffs. He complains that he doesn't start and does not get playing time but yet when he gets his chance he sucked it up big time. There is no way the Blazers can get equal value for the guy in a straight up trade. Well, if he sucks or continues his horrible play, it shouldn't be too hard to "get equal value" for him.  Right?  You can't say that Rudy sucks, and then say it'll be hard for them to get equal value.  That makes no sense.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2010 5:25 pm
 

It's Thursday and Rudy still wants a trade

I think you are right.  And teams that are interested, notably Chicago and Boston, are not going to give up a ton for a guy they see as a marginal starter (chicago) or bench player (Boston), especially when he has been crying about minutes.  He is a 3rd or 4th scoring opiton with the Bulls and a 6th man with the Celtics, and it doesn't really seem like he  would be happy with either role.  That doesn't leave Portland with much bargaining power. 



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: August 12, 2010 3:56 pm
 

It's Thursday and Rudy still wants a trade

Here is the problem with Rudy and the Blazers. The Blazers do want to move Rudy. That can be seen between the lines, see Nate's most recent comments. The problem is Rudy makes peanuts and he basically quit on the Blazers in the playoffs. He complains that he doesn't start and does not get playing time but yet when he gets his chance he sucked it up big time. There is no way the Blazers can get equal value for the guy in a straight up trade. The Blazers will either need to package him in a bigger deal as a throw in player or let him sit and rot untils his contract expires and then try a sign and trade with another team for an excpetion or some other form of compensation if the new CBA allows it.

I don't see many teams stepping up and throwing a 1st rounder and a player in the mix for a straight up trade at this time. Likely it will be a bigger deal before the season or toward the trade deadline when the Blazers have Miller and Pryz's expiring contracts to try and work a deal. Either way this is not going to be done today, tomorrow or within the next week.



Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: August 12, 2010 12:33 pm
 

It's Thursday and Rudy still wants a trade

Thank you Royce!



Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: August 12, 2010 12:07 pm
 

It's Thursday and Rudy still wants a trade

Hey Royce how about you use SPELL CHECK next time. Looks like a 4 year old wrote this article sorry.


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