The news on everyone’s favorite Spanish wingman keeps coming. A day after Fernandez was fined 25,000 dollars by the NBA for publicily demanding a trade and not communicating with the Blazers, Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com is reporting trade talks are still in motion with several teams, including the Celtics:
The Knicks are among the teams trying to acquire the Spanish shooting guard, and they have offered Wilson Chandler.
Other offers on the table include the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls each offering a No. 1 draft pick in 2011, a league source told ESPN.com.
But after the Blazers turned down several offers of first-round picks in the teens on draft night when the team was still being run by former general manager Kevin Pritchard, they are looking to see if they can get a similar offer from a team they believe will finish in the middle of the pack next season.
We speculated a couple weeks back on whether Danny Ainge would be willing to give up more than what is likely to be a late 1st Round Pick for the 2nd year guard, but it appears he drew the line there, likely the right move.
Portland GM Rich Cho has no reason to move quickly on an offer at this point to appease Fernandez. The season is more than two months away so there’s plenty of time to negotiate in hopes of a team like the C’s add a sweetener in for a deal.
On the other end of the spectrum, Fernandez’s claims of returning to play in Europe are more likely just a threat in hopes of increasing the odds Cho makes a deal before the season begins.
All things considered, it’s a volatile situation, but as Sheridan points out his article, the player usually gets what he wants in these situations, as seen in the cases of Nate Robinson and Stephen Jackson last year. Things may take awhile to develop but a deal looks inevitable here.
Here’s my question though as a follow up on Brendan’s post yesterday on Rudy. Do you take his comments at face value? Is he a whiner you wouldn’t want in the ego-filled C’s locker room anyway? Or is he just another guy (like Nate Robinson) that would fall into line in a new environment with a new Coach?
My gut says the latter, but the question is it worth a 1st Round Pick (likely more) to find out?