I’m starting to hate the Rudy Fernandez watch. I really am. I feel obligated to report all the news regarding his situation, but nothing too new has come out in years. Today I have to report that the Blazers are still attempting to trade him and won’t even consider releasing him, although I feel like both of those “news” items have been common knowledge for weeks. (Blazer’s Edge)
Are you still looking into trades for Rudy Fernandez?
“I’ve talked to a lot of teams. I don’t want to get into specific trade talks. The whole Rudy issue is out there so I will speak to it a little bit. I have been active in talking to a lot of teams.”
The process with Rudy has turned a little ugly, hasn’t it?
“Well, I have been in the league since 1995 and I’ve been in situations where other players have wanted out. This isn’t the first time this has happened and it probably won’t be the last time. I’ve been in these types of situation before. This one is very vocal unfortunately and hopefully it won’t be as vocal going forward.”
Does a situation like this make it difficult to work with an agent regarding other players in the future?
“It certainly doesn’t help. You try to look at each transaction or each incident by itself and each negotiation by itself and then move forward. It’s a business so you try to isolate it and move forward. Start with a clean slate with the next player.”
Would you consider releasing Rudy Fernandez’s rights?
“We won’t release his rights.”
Not even an option?
“No, that’s not an option right now.”
At this point, I don’t really care whether Rudy comes to the Celtics or not. I just want the goddamn Rudy watch to be done with. It’s starting to feel like the Matt freaking Barnes watch. And you guys know how that one ended.
Rudy isn’t good enough to hijack the news like this. He’s slated to be a 10th or 11th man in Portland. He can’t really create a shot and “defense” isn’t exactly in his vocabulary. Rudy would help the Celtics, don’t get me wrong, but he has really looked like a huge ass this summer and I’m not sure he’s any better than Von Wafer.