Yet another interesting development in the Rudy Fernandez saga comes today. I swear if this was a reality tv show it would get pretty nice numbers on Bravo. Anywho, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports that Knicks president Donnie Walsh recently rejected a deal that would have taken Fernandez from the Blazers to the Knicks. Here’s what Isola reported:
According to a team source, Knicks president Donnie Walsh recently rejected a three-team deal that would have sent Anthony Randolph to Indiana, a first-round pick to Portland and Fernandez to New York.
Because the Trail Blazers are insisting on receiving a first-round pick in return for Fernandez, the Knicks likely need to recruit a third team in order to complete a deal. The Blazers apparently have little interest in Wilson Chandler.
It should come to no shock that the Knicks quickly turned this one down as Anthony Randolph is one heck of a talent and should be untouchable. I stated this a month or so ago but the market for Rudy Fernandez is shockingly small, for a variety of reasons. The more this drags on, it looks like a situation where Rudy would not be able to get traded until mid-season when teams fall out of love with what they have and look to make deals: either to improve their roster or their bottom line.
As much as the Knicks may want Rudy and Rudy may want the Knicks, New York doesn’t have enough to make a deal worth Portland’s while. Let’s restate the facts: it’s clear the Blazers want a first round pick in return for Fernandez. The Knicks don’t have a first round pick of their own until 2014, something Portland would be silly to deal for. It’s going to be hard to get a third team that’s going to be willing to send a first rounder to Portland without receiving something of significance, and I doubt New York would be willing to give up key talent just to get Fernandez. Just looking at the roster, the Knicks don’t truly have anyone that would help the Blazers: Wilson Chandler wouldn’t be the greatest fit and would create a logjam with Nic Batum and Wesley Matthews. I highly doubt the Knicks would trade Toney Douglas at this point, so if I were you I’d cross the Knicks off of Rudy’s potential landing spots yesterday.