Abrams: Knicks trying to snag Rudy

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?

Topics: Nba Draft 2010, Nba Trade Rumors, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, Rudy Fernandez

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  • http://www.couriernewculture.blogspot.com Travis

    I’d probably be okay with Chandler for Rudy if NY throws in a future draft pick, too. Chandler can play both ends, he’s pretty consistent, and he’d (hopefully) want to be in Portland, unlike Rudy.

    • http://ripcityproject.com Coup

      Yeah, I like Chandler, to a certain degree, but it’s tough to judge players coming out of that system. That said, Chandler has some nice peripheral numbers on Synergy — good in hand offs, scoring from offensive rebounds and in the pick and roll — and defensively he could be changed in a Nate system.

    • http://fanhuddle.com/portlandtrailblazers/ Nick Poust

      Now that I really think about it, Chandler wouldn’t be a bad acquisition. He could be that wing Portland’s been looking for. Now, if they can indeed pry him away, they can focus on taking a PG and PF in draft if they choose to.

  • Kato107

    This trade is no good for the Blazers, just be patient something better will come along.

  • http://fanhuddle.com/portlandtrailblazers/ Nick Poust

    I’d do it for either. In some sets Douglas and Bayless could play together, and Chandler could be Batum’s backup. But I’m not too thrilled about either player. Still, Rudy has to go. It makes sense that the Knicks would be interested, with D’Antoni as coach. And it makes some sense for Portland to show interest in both. Douglas backup for Bayless in future? What about Cunningham?

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