From Jonathan Abrams of the New York Times:
The Knicks have engaged in trade discussions with the Portland Trail Blazers in hopes of prying guard Rudy Fernandez, according to an N.B.A. executive.
In the past, Fernandez has voiced displeasure over his role with Portland. The Knicks are on the verge of a free agency they hope will vastly restock their team and have long been interested in Fernandez.
If the talks proceed, the Knicks will most likely part with Wilson Chandler or Toney Douglas.
Neither of those players are particularly attractive for the moment, but then again, neither is Rudy. Chandler, however, certainly is the long, athletic type of wing that Kevin Pritchard seems to like. Douglas, however, is very Bayless-ey, though a better shooter at .389 percent from long range.
The report goes on to say that the Blazers would prefer to pick up another draft choice, but the Knicks currently do not own any first-round picks. Would this be worth it to you? This feels like the type of deal that will be on the table right up until free agency starts, so there’s no rush for the Blazers to jump on it now.
UPDATE (7:33 p.m. ET): From Jason Quick on Twitter:
High-ranking source: Blazers have better deals for Fernandez than what NYK are offering. Rudy to NYC won’t happen.
Sure makes it sound like Rudy is on his way out now, doesn’t it?