Thursday , Aug , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Memo to Rudy Fernandez: lay low

I made a great effort going to the States, making less money that I would in Europe. This season, I decided with my agents that the best thing was to try to get traded so I could be on another team with more playing time."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Rudy, we get it. You want a trade. You’re unhappy with the Portland Trail Blazers.

For now, heed the words of the immortal Snoop and Nate Dogg and ‘lay low’.

No more quotes in random Euro’ publications. No more discussing your options publicly. And no more early morning leads in hoopshype rumors section.

All of this makes it impossible for the Blazers to accommodate your trade demand. Teams will, of course, low-ball the Blazers, offering nothing near equal value because you want out and have forced their hand.

So you’re only shooting yourself in the foot by piping up every week to the domestic and international press.

Finally, your regular trade demands aren’t a good look. The world is in a recession, which means there’s little sympathy for diva athletes who regularly complain about shot attempts and the ‘financial sacrifices’ of crossing the Atlantic to make a few less million plying their trade.

You have an agent. Use it. You signed a contract. Honour it.

Eventually, a solution will be found. Until then, act like a professional.

–Oly Sandor.

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