At the urging of Rudy Fernandez and his agent, the Trail
Blazers have engaged in accelerated trade discussions to deal the
disgruntled, once-popular shooting guard to one of three Eastern
Boston, Chicago and New
York are all in the running to land the 6-foot-6 Spaniard, who set an
NBA rookie record two seasons ago by making 159 three-pointers.
Fernandez has two years remaining on his contract, which will pay himSome
$1.25 million next season. The Blazers acquired Fernandez, along with
James Jones, from Phoenix for cash considerations on draft night 2007.
Fernandez signed with Portland in July 2008, ending his seven-year
career in the Spanish ACB League.
of the teams interested in Fernandez have offered a future first round
draft pick, while other offers would pair Fernandez with another Blazers
player, but agent Andy Miller would not get into specifics.
A future 1st round pick seems to make sense.
Could the Celtics offer Rasheed Wallace's contract in a deal for Fernandez and another player? Yes, but I don't see who could be shipped back in return. Portland is right at the luxury tax threshold, so there's really no reason to dump salary.
On Page 2, one reader's creative Photoshop response to the news the Celtics are interested in Delonte West.
Thanks to Brent Donley for the pic