(Andy) Miller said his client is seeking an “amicable divorce” from
Portland. Moreover, Fernandez has no intention of playing in the NBA in
2010-11, and wants to return as soon as possible to his native country
of Spain. Fernandez is even wiling to be fined by the Blazers or engage
in legal proceedings, rather than return to Portland.
“There’s nothing to fix,” Miller said. “He does not want to come back to the NBA.”
By the time Cho was named GM in mid-July, Fernandez’s list of proposed
destinations was narrowed to Boston, Chicago and New York. This small
choice of big-name teams further hampered negotiations. The Celtics and
Bulls will likely hold late first-round picks in 2011, which Portland
feels does not merit equal return for Fernandez. Meanwhile, the Knicks
lack the requisite first-round choice in future drafts that Portland is
seeking. Counter offers recently made by the Blazers to all three teams
have also been turned down, forcing Portland to hold on to an unhappy
Miller said Wednesday that neither playing time nor a key role on
another NBA team are still issues for Fernandez. Instead, the guard has
simply soured on the idea of playing in the NBA.
“This is not a bluff,” Miller said. “In his mind, he’s not coming back.”
You could see this coming. Because the trade talk had died down significantly over the past few weeks, Fernandez and his agent had to come up with a new plan. These quotes are akin to my 1-year old throwing himself on the floor when he doesn't get his way.
Eventually, the headache will become big enough that Portland will dump this guy for whatever the Bulls and Celtics are willing to give up. I don't believe for one second that Fernandez is "done" with the NBA.
As for other wings, Larry Hughes name came up yesterday in Chris Forsberg's mailbag. Let's hope he stays there.
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