Danny Ainge is looking for a shooter. Rudy Fernandez can shoot. The Celtics need a shooting guard off the bench. That just happens to be Fernandez’s position. See where I’m going here?
Then it makes sense that the Celtics are one of three teams leading the race for Fernandez. (The Oregonian)
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.
Some 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.
Rudy is definitely getting traded. Now it comes down to which team makes the best offer. The Celtics can’t give the best draft pick, or at least I hope they can’t, because they should have a very good record. But they have Sheed’s retiring contract as a trade chip that neither Chicago or New York can match. I’ve probably said this every day of the summer, but Joel Przybilla and Fernandez for Sheed and Oliver Lafayette would be pretty damn perfect for the Celtics. But… I just don’t see it happening. The Blazers’ big men are too frail to give one up just for salary relief. Unless they’d want to give up Oden…? But nah, they wouldn’t do that. They can’t give up on him yet, can they?
Other than packaging Oden and Fernandez for Sheed and either Gaffney or Lafayette, I don’t see any trades that make sense. And I really don’t think Portland would part ways with either of those centers. So, umm, I’m starting to think the Celtics are going to lose out on Fernandez too. Pardon me while I try to talk myself down from the ledge. It’s just Rudy Fernandez! He’s not even that good! He shot 38% last year! He couldn’t defend my dog! There’s a reason he’s asking for a trade… because Nate McMillan cut his playing time last season!
Okay, I’m back from the ledge. But seriously, Fernandez would have been a pretty good fit. He can hit the three and he can almost defend shooting guards, which would be all the Celtics would ask him to do. Maybe the Celtics should brace for him going somewhere else though. If he’s willing to take the minimum, Roger Mason sounds pretty damn good.