Take this for whatever you believe it to be worth. This coming from Alan Hahn of Newsday, who adds to the Rudy saga with this report on the situation:
Here’s a curious bit of information to consider among the Rudy Fernandez rumors that have been on-going all summer: new Trail Blazers general manager Rich Cho has yet to make a call to Donnie Walsh to pick up trade discussions where they left off with former GM Kevin Pritchard.
There has been talk about a three-way deal that Walsh reportedly turned down recently that would have sent Anthony Randolph to the Pacers for a first-round pick that would have then gone to Portland for Fernandez, but multiple sources said the talks only involved the Pacers seeking Randolph for a first. Of course the Knicks could have used that first round pick — which had been Portland’s initial asking price for Fernandez — to then get Rudy and fill a need at the 2G spot, but, from what I’m told, that was never in the conversation.
Pritchard and Walsh spoke in June, before the NBA Draft, about a swap of two second round picks for Fernandez, but Pritchard declined. There were rumors that Walsh offered Wilson Chander for Fernandez, but now we’re hearing that Chandler wasn’t offered. What’s more accurate is that Chandler was mentioned as a player the Knicks believed they could move to get a first round pick if they wanted to.
Here’s the catch: word is, via backchannels, that the Blazers want a high first round pick, meaning they don’t want one that is lottery protected.
Well, to quote the great Roddy Piper, when it comes to this Rudy Fernandez thing…just when you think you know the answers, they change the questions. If these reports keep coming out I’m going to have to start watching my sodium due to grains of salt. As I said earlier, take this for what you will, I’m just passing it along. I’m sure there’s a Blazer fan who will be in uproar about this, and say Cho is in the wrong… but there’s no need. If the Knicks had truly only offered two second round picks for Rudy, there would be no need to call them back. As I stated on Friday, New York simply does not have enough for Portland to consider making a deal with. Hahn correctly points out that the market for Rudy has shrunk, as all teams attached to him have made deals to fix their perimeter weaknesses.