Rudy Fernandez’s agent said he thinks that his client would prefer to return to Europe rather than continuing to play in the NBA. (HoopsHype)
“The impression I’m getting more and more is that he’s lost interest in playing in the NBA, quite frankly,” Miller said. “It’s my impression that Rudy would prefer to be in Europe rather than the NBA at this point.”
Meanwhile, Fernandez and the Portland Trail Blazers share very different thoughts about his future. His agent cautions that things could get ugly.
“Portland and I have had numerous discussions, almost daily, on the situation,” Andy Miller told HoopsHype.com. “I think this situation is headed for a collision course because Rudy’s perspective on where he wants to be and what he wants to do and how he wants to accomplish it is on the opposite of the spectrum from where Portland sees the situation.
“I don’t think (the relationship) is reparable.”
When asked if he would go as far as to advice Fernandez not to show up for training camp, Miller answered: “Possibly.”
“This is not going to be a fairy tale ending.”
Though a lot has been said about Rudy wanting to play more minutes than he did last year in Portland, his agent said that has never been the issue.
“The least of Rudy’s concerns is the minutes,” Miller said. “That has been portrayed as the main issue because it’s the easiest way to evaluate statistically. When Rudy came to the NBA, he was at that point certainly the No. 1 player in Spain and one of the top players in the NBA. Him coming to the NBA was solely about one goal and that goal was to achieve a lifelong dream of challenging his basketball skills at the highest level, see how good an NBA player he could be. That opportunity and that platform were communicated and portrayed to him in a different light than what the reality has become.
“He’s sacrificed economically and personally to come to the United States… I understand his frustration.”
I feel for Rudy, I really do, but I think his agent needs to take a few plays off. If Rudy Fernandez is “one of the top players in the NBA,” Dan Shaughnessy is one of the most beloved writers of our generation. And Dan Shaughnessy is definitely not one of the most beloved writers of our generation. Rudy is okay, don’t get me wrong, and I’m sure he’d help the Celtics, but he has never been confused for ”one of the top players in the NBA.” Not even by his own mother.
Anyway, what I don’t get is why Portland is still keeping Fernandez around. I know he’s still under contract there, but if you have a completely disgruntled player who probably wouldn’t get very many minutes next season anyway, you might as well get what you can for him in a trade. Am I wrong?
Trade him already, Portland. Preferably to Boston.
UPDATE: Looks like maybe Fernandez doesn’t want a trade at all.