All reports indicate that the Blazers and Rudy Fernandez will go their separate ways and it won’t be via a trade. If Rudy does accept a buy-out and the terms of which do not prevent him from going to another NBA team, I would think New York would be at the top of his list. That is, if he doesn’t decide to go back to Europe.
The bright lights and big city atmosphere of America’s most well-known city are the most obvious draws for any foreign born player, but the most alluring element may be the Knicks’ shooting guard depth chart. Right now, the passable shooting guards the Knicks have include Kelenna Azubuike, Roger Mason, and Andy Rautins. I’m thinking Rudy Fernandez could find some court time with that crew.
From a Celtics standpoint, should Fernandez become up for grabs recent reports seem to indicate that he does not really fit in with the Ubuntu ‘tude. While his agent maintains that minutes are not Fernandez’ biggest concern, his actions tell a different story. Couple this notion with similarities in both player depth and climate of the cities and Boston does not present a huge change from Portland.
The more I think about it, if I am Danny Ainge I am passing on Rudy Fernandez. The Celtics need a defensive-minded wing and don’t need this kind of song and dance.
What do you all think?