We’ve been here many times before during this off-season, so I’m sure you know the drill. HoopsHype delivers a translation or an interview from vaunted Spanish newspaper Marca with Rudy Fernandez. But here’s the twist….it’s….not…something….negative. Here’s the translation of what Rudy had to say:
“I think if Portland keeps my rights, that means they believe in me. I’m excited to begin the season with them and prove that I have my place on the team and play minutes. The most important thing is to grow as a player and as a person. I’m an NBA player and there’s not many people who can say that.”
Now of course, I’m taking a grain of salt because there’s always a chance someone told Rudy it might be a good idea to have good PR for once, but I disgress. This statement is almost the direct opposite of what his agent Andy Miller went ahead and said months ago….by the way he’s so fired right? This is the right attitude to have, it just sounds like Rudy went home and had a temper tantrum and now he’s over it. Kind of like that girlfriend or boyfriend that is tired of that relationship, thinks they are getting treated poorly, asks for a break and then after 3 unsuccessful weeks on the market begs their significant other to take them back. Ok, maybe not that extreme but you get my point.
I have no problem seeing Rudy back in a Blazer uniform. This entire time, despite some of the inflammatory comments, I had a feeling Rudy would be back at least to start the season. For one, the market for him simply was not there. The teams that were interested either didn’t have the pieces to make Portland happy in a trade, or went elsewhere to fill their perimeter needs. Secondly, I just never felt like the Rudy/Portland relationship had truly reached a toxic, unworkable, level. Despite Andy Miller’s comments, we had never truly heard anything negative come directly from Rudy Fernandez’ mouth.
So…for now, it seems as if this telenovela is over. Fernandez seemingly will play a big role for the Blazers this season, and seems to be motivated to prove his worth. It’s a win-win for the Blazers to be honest, because if he showcases his talents and his stock goes up there’s always the chance for a deal mid-season. If not, you get a heck of a player in your rotation.