Rumor: Wilson Chandler for Rudy Fernandez?
I mentioned this in my report yesterday on the feud/pending divorce between Rudy Fernandez and the Portland Trail Blazers, but it belongs in the lead paragraph for this site: The Knicks are among the teams trying to acquire the Spanish shooting guard, and they have offered Wilson Chandler.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: For many reasons, Wilson Chandler isn’t enough.
The on-going and never-ending Rudy Fernandez trade saga has backed the Portland Trail Blazers and their rookie GM Richie Cho into a corner.
So the New York Knicks offer of Chandler, an athletic swing, won’t get a deal done and bring the Spaniard to The Big Apple.
The Blazers are peeved at Fernandez’s constant whining to the international press. And Cho, who was just hired as head suit, can’t accept anything but equal value in a trade.
Put yourself in Cho’s situation. This is your first test as GM. Why cave to Fernandez’s demands, take back less than equal value, and bear the brunt of a fan backlash? Instead, why not make a strong first impression with ‘Rip City’ and try for a home run?
Chandler’s mixed record doesn’t help. On-court, his athleticism is obvious. Off-court, is a different story: in May, he was arrested for possession of pot during a traffic stop in Queens, New York.
Of course, Portland is weary of acquiring such players because they endured years of ‘Jail Blazer’ antics and arrests.
Bottom line: the Knicks must up the ante if they want Fernandez’s three-point shooting and energy in Madison Square Gardens next season.
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