Just as the free agency movement was about to begin, the Blazers have apparently pissed off their Spanish back-up, Rudy Fernandez. It looks like Rudy would not be happy with the addition of Hedo Turkoglu to the roster for obvious playing time reasons. ESPN has the scoop...
Portland's pursuit of a certain player from Turkey has infuriated the Trail Blazers' lone remaining Spanish player, Rudy Fernandez, to the point where he'd prefer to play in Greece, Russia or even Spain again, ESPN.com learned Tuesday.Are we surprised by this? Not at all. Do we really care that much? A little.
A league source told ESPN.com that Fernandez has already been courted informally by European powerhouses Olympiacos, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and CSKA Moscow as word spread that the Blazers had become the apparent front-runners to land free agent Hedo Turkoglu.
First off, Rudy will likely be re-upped by the Blazers in the next year and will start to really earn some solid money in the NBA if that is a worry of his, plus his contract with the Blazers would have to be terminated before he could take off back to Europe.
My opinion? If the guy wants to be an All-Star in this league and see significant playing time and touches, then he needs to bulk the hell up and learn to play some legitimate defense. If he really wants to be a long-term NBA guy, worrying about Nate McMillan's system isn't going to get him anywhere. There are plenty of other issues within that this kid needs to work on first.
Did the Sergio trade have anything to do with this? Possibly. If it did, someone please remind Rudy that this is a business and not a fraternity of buddies.