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NBA Rumors: Is Rudy Fernandez Still Being Targeted By the New York Knicks?
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Recently, Carmelo Anthony has been dominating all of the news regarding the New York Knicks trade rumors.

However, on Wednesday morning, Frank Isola of the NY Daily News reported that the Knicks are still working on a deal for Portland Trailblazers' shooting guard Rudy Fernandez.

Nevertheless, it makes sense as this news comes on the heels of a few recent developments in this ongoing saga.

Recently, the discussion between Rudy, his agent, and the media has just become sad, as Fernandez's situation in Portland has depressed him to the point where he may no longer want to even play in the NBA.

And then last week there was the revelation that New York general manager Donnie Walsh has negotiated a potential deal to acquire a first round draft for use in a trade for Melo.

This is crucial because, in the past, the Knicks lack of such a tradable pick had been their biggest obstacle in talks for Fernandez. 

Yet, as Isola also pointed out, any move for the Spanish guard would heavily depend upon the preseason progress of New York forward Wilson Chandler, especially due to his May arrest for marijuana possession and since he is returning offseason ankle and groin surgeries. 

But so far, it seems that Chandler has done everything necessary to show that he is back and better than ever.

In the Knicks first preseason game against Olimpia Milano, he finished with 17 points in 22 minutes, on a solid seven-of-nine shooting.  Then, in his second outing against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Chandler fired out of the gate, scoring nine points in the opening quarter and finishing with 12 points, on five-of nine shooting, in only 20 minutes.

 

So, given Chandler's efficient showing thus far, is it really worth having to trade him (either for the pick or directly to Portland) to meet the Blazers' high asking price for Fernandez?

And sure, Fernandez has proven himself time and time again on the international stage, and he has certainly displayed his abilities when given playing time on the Blazers, but who's to say that, with an increased role in the offense, Fernandez would produce any better than Chandler?

Furthermore, do the Knicks even need Fernandez?

They cite a need at the two, but with the numerous shooting guards who New York has acquired this offseason (Kelenna Azubuike, Roger Mason, and rookies Andy Rautins and Landry Fields), as well as the players who were already there who could play the position (Chandler, Toney Douglas, and Bill Walker), why are they even pursuing another two?

And finally, with all of these shooting guards on their roster, how would the Knicks replace the versatility of Chandler, who can play three positions?

Basically, due to Chandler's strong preseason showing, it's evident that there are more questions than answers with regard to a potential trade for Fernandez.

So now, Donnie Walsh ought to cling tightly to that first round pick which he claims to have the means to acquire. 

Wait and try and work out a deal for Carmelo Anthony—don't settle on Fernandez. 

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