Enjoy Rudy Fernandez while you can, Trail
Blazer fans, through the rest of the season.
Because the Spanish sensation won't be in a
Portland uniform next season.
Fernandez will do his best to help the Blazers
achieve success in the playoffs. Then he'll be gone - perhaps to play
professionally in Europe next season, perhaps to another NBA team via an
The article goes on to discuss how Rudy wants to start, doesn't like the slowed down half court McMillan system, and misses his friends/family as reasons he won't be back with the Blazers.
Rudy hasn't played well this season, but he's a very good player. He's on an ultra cheap deal for two more seasons, and he'd be a steal if he could be acquired cheaply from Portland. Now Portland doesn't want to trade anyone cheaply.
I think Kevin Pritchard fancies himself the next Jerry krause needing to annihilate every team on every deal. Will Rudy really be available for anything reasonable? Don't know, but the Bulls should throw out James Johnson or their draft pick in this year's draft as an offer for the guard.
Fernandez is not without risk. The fear that he may leave the NBA for Europe after two seasons is legitimate. If he doesn't do so, he'll likely require quite a large deal [full MLE+] to keep him here. However, acquiring Fernandez could be a huge benefit. Despite his poor shooting this year, I'd expect him to shoot over 40% from the three point line the next two seasons.
The Bulls desperately need shooting and won't be able to find a cheaper option who can deliver that type of shot making. He's also a solid ball handler and play maker, not enough to be a pure PG, but enough to allow Rose to work off the ball occasionally if the Bulls desire.
Make no mistake, Rudy's a talent. A talent greater than this year's stats make him appear. If the Blazers are looking to get out while they can then the Bulls should see if they can get something done.