Portland Trail Blazers

How Will Portland Trail Blazers Use Rudy Fernandez If He Stays?

PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 29:  Rudy Fernandez #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots against the Phoenix Suns during Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the NBA Playoffs on April 29, 2010 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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0Contributor IIIAugust 11, 2010

With trade talks dying down for Rudy Fernandez, one question pops out: What is Portland going to do if Rudy stays?

During this offseason, Portland got two players who play Rudy's small forward position, Wesley Matthews and draft pick Luke Babbitt. Matthews can also play shooting guard and back up Roy.

Currently, the Blazers have three players besides Rudy at his position: Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews, and Luke Babbitt.

Batum, who is expected to get 25-30 minutes is the expected starter, while backups Matthews and Babbitt are expected about 24 and 20 minutes respectively.

That is, if Rudy leaves.

It would make sense for Batum, Matthews, and Babbitt to get those minutes because they definitely deserve that much. But if Rudy stays, he would deserve similar minutes and might force others, or himself, to take on a more limited role.

I'm not saying he would make the Blazers worse, it will just make other players unhappy with their time in Portland. Fernandez is definitely not going to be with the team after next year because they have a first-round pick overseas, Victor Claver, who is also a small forward.

Having depth on the Blazers is definitely not bad knowing how injuries killed them last year. But expecting injuries is not the way to think because if they end up staying healthy, they'll have too many players deserving of minutes.

Rich Cho, the new Trail Blazers GM, better make up his mind soon or at least before the season starts.

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