Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fernandez rejected a trade to New Orleans

Will Rudy Fernandez get traded before Carmelo Anthony?

I don't know. But it's hard to believe that Fernandez is still on the Blazers' roster a week before the start of camp, after the team and his agent, Andy Miller, have spent the summer trying to broker a trade for the unhappy guard. Fernandez has made it clear he doesn't want to play for Nate McMillan any more, and the Blazers have made it clear that they'd try to accomodate him. But Portland wants a first-round pick for the 25-year-old guard, who averaged 8.1 points in 23 minutes a game for Portland last season, and not just any old first-rounder.

Fernandez, according to a source, rejected a possible trade to New Orleans, where he could have played for former Blazers assistant Monty Williams, now the Hornets' coach.

The Blazers won't send Fernandez home while they try to work out a trade, and they won't cut him. Reports that Fernandez had agreed to terms with FC Barcelona last week were false. So Fernandez will have no choice but to report to camp next week, even though everyone knows he doesn't want to play in Portland any more.

"I'm still trying to accomodate his request," GM Rich Cho said Sunday.

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