(I don’t know if even Rick Pitino can score 5 points that quickly.)
Does the signing of Von Wafer mean the Celtics are out of the running for Rudy Fernandez? Hell if I know. So for now, I’ll assume the C’s are still interested until I hear otherwise. Von Wafer isn’t exactly a slam dunk, ya know? He’s not the panacea to all the Celtics problems. Neither is Rudy, but still, the Celtics might still be looking to upgrade their bench wings.
Anyway, before I continue my babble-athon, there was another rumor today that the Blazers may keep Rudy after all. (Arlington Daily Herald)
The Oregonian mentioned the Bulls as a potential destination for Portland shooting guard Rudy Fernandez. League insiders wonder if the Blazers are really serious about moving Fernandez. The Bulls’ inquiries earlier this summer were rebuffed.
At this point, if Fernandez is unhappy with his limited role in Portland, the Bulls may not be his best option, considering they’ve already added Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer at two guard.
According to reports, the Blazers are willing to accommodate Fernandez’trade request and are looking for a first-round draft pick in return.
I’ve seen rumors of the Bulls offering Taj Gibson for Fernandez, but cannot imagine that happening. You don’t trade a competent big man for an unproven guard.
Why would the Blazers ever keep Rudy? They already had Brandon Roy, Jerryd Bayless and Nicolas Batum, then they picked up Wes Matthews in free agency and Luke Babbit and Elliot Williams in the draft. They’re pretty loaded on the wing, Rudy wants to get the hell out of Portland, and if you can fetch a first-round draft pick for a guy who will have a tough time cracking the rotation you’ve got to do it. Got to.