Is Rudy Fernandez Really Going to Europe?

Zeeshan KhanContributor IIJune 10, 2010

HOUSTON - APRIL 24:  Guard Rudy Fernandez #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers during play against the Houston Rockets in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on April 24, 2009 in Houston, Texas. 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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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A Spanish news site called Marca, reported that Rudy Fernandez, has signed with the European basketball team Real Madrid.

The report claimed that he had been signed by Real Madrid for three seasons at $2.8 million a year.

It also said that Rudy looks forward to being a cornerstone of the team in Europe.

When asked about the report, Rudy just laughed and said that he has not made contact with any European teams and thatย he is a Portland Trail Blazer right now.

Rudy Fernandez had a great rookie season off the bench last year, but he has had issues with his role on the team this year and has reportedly been feeling lonely.

A reason for that is the trading away of fellow Spaniard Sergio Rodriguez. Most of Rudy's points in his rookie year were off Sergio's passes; when Sergio left so did Rudy's production.

He has openly said to the media that he will request to be traded if he doesn't have a bigger role on the team next year.

That seems to be a problem because of Portland's depth at most positions. Rudy Fernandez has the talent to be a starter on most NBA teams, but he is having to play behind three-time all-star Brandon Roy.

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Sergio Rodriguez has recently signed with Real Madrid, and if they are really close friends, is it possible that he goes to Europe and reunites with Sergio?

I think it's just random rumors created by the media. From what I see, Rudy will either be traded to another NBA team by the Trail Blazers, or he will remain with the team.

I don't see him going to Europe with all the talent he has.

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