From the twitter of Newsday‘s New York Knicks beat writer Alan Hahn:
Source tells Newsday the Knicks have nothing Blazers want to make trade for Rudy Fernandez. POR wants 1st rnder. NY can’t offer until 2014.
More on Rudy Fernandez/Knicks scenario: NYK doesn’t want to give up Chandler, even to get a 3rd team involved to include pick.
Anthony Randolph works in 1-for-1 deal for Fernandez, but POR has abundance of wings as it is. Move Rudy for pick gets them under tax.
Continuing with the Rudy speculation on this Wednesday was this news from New York. On paper, Fernandez seems like a perfect fit for New York, and vice versa. As the Rudy talks drag on and more information leaks out, it seems clear Portland is looking to get a future first round pick in exchange for Rudy Fernandez. Obviously, New York cannot offer that for a while. Hahn speculated that a deal for Anthony Randolph would work (money wise) but I have a feeling there is no chance in you know what that the Knicks would give him up. The news of them not wanting to part ways with Chandler makes sense for them, but also brings up the question as to who exactly Portland would be targeting in return. Looking at the potential options it looks as if the Knicks would fall behind other teams in pursuit of Rudy.
Just messing with the Trade Machine for a few minutes, there really are not that many viable options from NYC. I doubt Portland wants Bill Walker and the Knicks seemingly wouldn’t give up Toney Douglas. As of now it looks as if Portland would need to get a third team involved to get Rudy to New York. An interesting fact about today is just speculating about trying to get Rudy to Boston or New York has opened my eyes about the difficulties of moving him and getting something in return. This is not a Sergio Rodriguez, get-rid-of-him, type situation. Fernandez has value and Portland recognizes that. I maintain that the Blazers won’t make a deal just to make a deal. The due diligence that the Blazers have been using so far is starting to make more sense.