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Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at 11:43 am  |  38 responses

Rudy Fernandez Could Start at SG for Mavs

Mavs executive Donnie Nelson says there’s a good chance Rudy Fernandez will win the SG job. From the Star-Telegram: “In a move to get more scoring punch in their starting backcourt, the Mavs acquired Rudy Fernandez from the Portland Trail Blazers in a three-team, draft-day trade that also involved the Denver Nuggets. General manager Donnie Nelson all but assured that the 6-foot-6 Fernandez would be in the starting backcourt alongside Jason Kidd when the NBA champions start the 2011-12 season. ‘[The trade for Fernandez] has a combination of getting our backcourt a little bit more athletic and having a little bit of a scoring punch,’ Nelson said. ‘He’s also an underrated defender… and a big-time athlete who can break defenses down.’”

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  • dma

    Good luck with Rudy, Dallas. Watching him play here in portland was frustrating to no end.

  • tom

    great trade

  • rich

    umm okay so they think he is going to be a taller version of barrea basicly….. i thought this team made rick carslie loose his hair before, hes gonna have a stroke by all star break cuz of this guy

  • LLC#12

    I like this trade for the mavs, with a great point guard fernandez could flourish. Also, I don’t understand how fernandez is in any way a taller version of barea?

  • the truth

    @ rich he is in no way a taller version of barea. Have you watched either guy play? Good trade for the mavs though

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    If he doesn’t, he’ll cry. It still surprises me that an team just won a chip with Deshawn Stevenson starting most of their postseason games.

  • K- Fizzle

    Huge blazer fan. I hate to see him go but he wasn’t doing as much as he could’ve for us. Great move. He should start for the Mavs very underrated defender and I wish him luck!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick the Quick

    Deshawn would later tweet his final words: “Classless move by Donnie Nelson to move me to the bench. I’m a champion.” He has since stated that he was hacked and does not possess a Tweeter account due to his numerous tatoos.

  • doyouwantmore

    Do the Blazers even want to win?

  • http://www.slamonline.com SpaceJam

    Roddy Buckets is gonna come back with a vengeance next year. The kid can score

  • Reedan

    Co-signing SpaceJam!

  • T-Money

    I’m just glad that the Mavs won’t re-sign Stevenson. He can now go back to sucking on bad teams. As for Rudy, let’s not overstate what he is. He’s just an average shooting guard with average athletic abilities… and above average hype. He had numerous chances to thrive in Portland and could never do it. Blazers clearly prefer Roy, Matthews and Batum. Moreover, he may not play more than 15 minutes in Dallas with possibly Terry, Barea and Marion off the bench.

  • http://twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    If Rudy starts… where does that put Caron Butler?

  • WNDR

    Word Up R. Bucks should come back with vengeance after copping a ring from the bench and I think Butler is still a starter at the 3, no?

  • toinefan88

    @Hursty exactly. Butlers the better player.

  • Fool

    Butler roddy and Haywood will get traded for Dwight Howard

  • Groves

    i wonder how dallas will find all those backcourt players minutes

  • T-Money

    butler starts at the 3, marion is back on the bench.

  • Bimmer

    Should start*

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I think the preperation for back court depth is that JJ Barea may not be around for long in a DALMAV jersey – his play in the playoffs put him in a GREAT positions to go looking for the $$$ as a free agent. If thats the case then getting a tweener-type guard for the back court was a good decision.

  • http://Wost Wolfgang Struck

    Nobody gave the Mavs a chance. John Hollinger had the Mavs at 5% chance to go to the finals, a fat zero to win it all. Those are experts. This guy here in Manila says, with wishful thinking maybe: RF will bloom next to Kidd and JJ and others with him and they will just repeat the fun run like the Rockets did with Olaujuwan. Congratulations!

  • Bubba Gumm

    As a Portland resident and Blazer fan, don’t get too excited about RF. He never contributed as much as was expected. Biggest rap against him is inconsistency. He’s also a whiner, will complain if he doesn’t get the playing time he wants. He burned his bridges with Portland management, threatened to go back to Europe if he didn’t get the minutes he wanted. Said he would never play for Portland again, would rather sit out the season. Played last year because he couldn’t break his contract to play elsewhere, didn’t want to lose his fat paychecks. Not good for team chemistry, a strength of the Mavericks. Portland got rid of him for a reason.
    Dallas won the championship without him, so why do they need him? Make your decision about him a year from now. My prediction is that he will be a disappointment, just like in Portland for several years.

  • Jooshipoo

    bad trade, deshawn brought toughness and played good d. plus he didnt need to score to be happy. rudy needs the ball and just shoots primarily

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    Hope Rudy will be focused on basketball, rather than minutes played, for he’s a great player. I have never seen him playing in the NBA nearly as well as I saw him here in Spain. Hopefully with Kidd alongside him and having another international superstar in the team will make him to play with confidence again.

  • chris92se

    If Rudy finds his offensive game, he will be a steal for Dallas. He never found it the last year and a half after hurting his back, though.

    Rudy had a real shot to shine last year when Roy went out for a long stretch and Fernandez didn’t show much at all. I thought the writing was on the wall after that.

    Good luck in Dallas. In a way, I will miss him, especially since I have a feeling he will bring something extra after not having it near the end there in Portland. That always seems to be the way it works.

  • http://Thisone? JPC

    (‘He’s also an underrated defender…) What a JOKE! Rudy is a below average defender that hasn’t found his jump shot (yet) in the NBA, He might be a great player in Europe where the competition doesn’t compare to the NBA day in and day out over a full season. I have watched Rudy whine and complain in Portland about his minutes, He will also do this in Dallas and he could hurt the Mavericks with his attitude. Rudy from what I have seen is way way way over rated and I don’t think I have ever been so happy about a player leaving as I am about Rudy going to Dallas! I think this is Portland’s Top Secret plan to send Rudy in to cry & whine and bring down the Mavericks chemistry.

  • Rich

    I think Dallas got a steal, and this is why: Rudy is all the things that the Portland fans say he is, a whiner, not living up to his potential, not all he is cracked up to be; however he will want to prove everyone wrong and Dallas will get one to one and a half years out of him of those flashes we only saw in Portland, they could actually get another ring because of this trade. Rudy is very talented, he is just not motivated enough to use it. He feels he was snubbed in Portland, that will be enough motivation for awhile.

  • Rich

    should add to my last post RichG since there is another Rich on the comments.

  • Ryan

    He’s SORRY!!! No Blazer fan can say otherwise unless they’re a hack!

  • playmaker

    To all those fans from portland saying how bad rudy was and he wont be better in dallas..just asking you to think twice…remember dallas has dirk whiule portland has no one close to dirk…dirk makes people around him better…..

  • Mike from Spain

    I hope that Rudy finds his game with the Mavs. I have some faith in the Mavs’ ability to rehabilitate players with mental toughness issues.

  • RunNGun

    This was a good move by the Mavericks. Rudy can play some 1 for short spurts too.

  • blazers fan

    Rudy will be missed in rip city. But then this trade is win win win for all. Dallas, Rudy and Portland in this order. If Rudy wants more mins, it means he want to play and not just be warming benches and picking the checks. No doubt, His production has gone down since rookie season where he set Nba record for most 3′s by a rookie. With Dirk, Kidd and coach carlisle, I see him flourishing in Macs jersey.

    To know his popularity in rip city, his jersey is 2nd best seller after Roy. And his 3goggles are a rage. Be it ncaa or Nba. watch Rudy fernandez sensational plays on YouTube videos till he is in mavs jersey.

    From blazers fan also Mavs fan since you beat

  • blazers fan

    Rudy will be missed in rip city. But then this trade is win win win for all. Dallas, Rudy and Portland in this order. If Rudy wants more mins, it means he want to play and not just be warming benches and picking the checks. No doubt, His production has gone down since rookie season where he set Nba record for most 3′s by a rookie. With Dirk, Kidd and coach carlisle, I see him flourishing in Macs jersey.

    To know his popularity in rip city, his jersey is 2nd best seller after Roy. And his 3goggles are a rage. Be it ncaa or Nba. watch Rudy fernandez sensational plays on YouTube videos till he is in mavs jersey.

    From blazers fan also Mavs fan since Dirk and co. took their talents to the south beach.

    Good luck Rudy and may you flourish in sunny Dallas.

  • bruce

    look he fits better in dallas . then on a team that everyone thinks they are the only player on the court .portland needs to break up that entire team except aldridge and build a team around only him . the rest of the team needs to go see a dr to check their brains and pulses .

  • Pearce77

    Rudy wilts in the playoffs. Is game is best suited for the WNBA. Good riddance. – Portland fan

  • Andy

    Here’s the bottom line. The Mavs picked up a veteran shooting guard who can hit the 3, run the point, and defend pretty well. And what price did they pay? The 26th draft pick. Good deal? Yes!

  • permaculture james

    my take is that Rudy was on a (too) short leash here in Portland. When he shined, he was crazy exciting, passing, stealing, slashing, long balling. People say he needs to find his game and I think it is true. A change of venue may allow that and I’ll be happy for him and to watch. Dallas seemed like they passed the ball 10 times per possession in the Finals – that augurs well: movement.

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