Celtics: Rudy Fernandez, Yes. Delonte West, No.
We heard his name a few weeks ago, but it seems the Boston Celtics are still interested in Portland shooting guard Rudy Fernandez. According to the Oregonian, Boston, New York, and Chicago are all potential trade partners for the Spaniard:
At the urging of Rudy Fernandez and his agent, the Trail Blazers have engaged in accelerated trade discussions to deal the disgruntled, once-popular shooting guard to one of three Eastern Conference teams.
Boston, Chicago and New York are all in the running to land the 6-foot-6 Spaniard, who set an NBA rookie record two seasons ago by making 159 three-pointers.
Fernandez, 25, is unhappy in Portland because of limited playing time behind All-Star Brandon Roy and because of the playing style of coach Nate McMillan, who primarily used Fernandez as an outside shooter, not the playmaker Fernandez believes he can be in the NBA.
Fernandez has two years remaining on his contract, which will pay him $1.25 million next season. The Blazers acquired Fernandez, along with James Jones, from Phoenix for cash considerations on draft night 2007. Fernandez signed with Portland in July 2008, ending his seven-year career in the Spanish ACB League.
Some of the teams interested in Fernandez have offered a future first round draft pick, while other offers would pair Fernandez with another Blazers player, but agent Andy Miller would not get into specifics.
Yes. Get it done. Out of all the names we have heard lately, Fernandez is easily the most appealing. He’s solid from beyond the arc, has experience, and is still only 25. This is a guy who could contribute now while working his way into the starting lineup in the future. How well would he fit in playing for Boston? That may be the major concern, but I am confident Doc Rivers could find a good amount of minutes for Fernandez behind Ray and Paul.
So Rudy is our “Yes” guy for the day, but that sadly leads me to the “No” player. The Celtics were rumored yesterday to have interest in Mr. Delonte West . By the way if you haven’t seen the t-shirt below playing off the rumors of West and Lebron James’ mom, check it out. It’s hilarious. Even though I love Delonte for potentially making friends with LeBron’s mother, I don’t see a Boston comeback. He’s not really the wing we are looking for and the dude has problems. I knew that from the second I saw this commercial. That really explains it all. No, it wouldn’t be the worst move in the world considering we are desperate right now, but I don’t think West could focus with Ray Allen’s mom on the sidelines during home games.
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