NBA Trade Rumors: Would Rudy Fernandez Thrive On the Boston Celtics?

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIJuly 20, 2010

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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First, let me just state that this is all my speculation and none of this has been confirmed by any parties. That said, Portland Trail Blazers' guard, Rudy Fernandez would be a perfect fit in Boston

Fernandez, 25, is a very talented shooter that can come off the bench and bring some "instant offense." He averaged Eight PPG last season with the Blazers, and he could make a major impact in Boston. 

If Fernandez were to come to Boston, he'd fit in very well. He would be a strong scorer coming off the bench and would fit in nicely with Nate Robinson and Glen "Big Baby" Davis. If that were to happen, looking around the league, I don't see another bench that is that talented. 

Now, let's talk numbers. Fernandez is due to make about one million dollars over next season and then has a team option of a little more than two million for the next year. Right off the bat, I love that contract. It's a very team friendly one that is extremely cheap for the production you're getting. 

But, the major question is, what would Boston have to give up for Fernandez? 

Well, the first player that comes to mind is Kendrick Perkins. He is due to make about $4.5 million for next season, and then after that his contract is expired. Now we all know, teams love expiring contracts. Also, Boston might also have to throw some cash into the deal. I realize that Perkins is injured, and possibly won't be available until late December to early January, but he is still an appealing player.

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I know the Blazers have Greg Oden as their starting center, but he is injury prone. Perkins would be a nice insurance for Portland and he'd be a solid sixth man. 

Other than Perkins, Boston has no other trading chips that could bring in Fernandez. They would have to include some draft picks into the deal. 

In my opinion, this would probably never happen. But, it'd be a great move for Boston if they could acquire Rudy Fernandez. 

As you look at the Boston roster, you notice they have some holes to fill. One of those holes is a scoring guard/forward coming off the bench. Fernandez would fill that hole perfectly. 

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