Rumor: Knicks passing on Fernandez to get Anthony or Paul?
Knicks president Donnie Walsh recently rejected a three-team deal that would have sent Anthony Randolph to Indiana, a first-round pick to Portland and Rudy Fernandez to New York, according to a team source.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: For the New York Knicks, acquiring Rudy Fernandez is, well, complicated.
Clearly, the rebuilding Knicks have interest in acquiring the Spanish swing from the Portland Trail Blazers. And, clearly, the Blazers have interest in cutting ties with the disgruntled Fernandez.
Why the hold-up? This seems a fit for both organizations.
Turns out the Knicks lack the right assets to satisfy the Blazers, so they need a third team to complete a trade. Recent reports had the Indiana Pacers getting involved.
This mysterious third team holds considerable leverage over the Knicks. For instance, they’ll probably demand blue-chip talent Anthony Randolph as compensation for their role in the Fernandez ordeal.
Randolph is an elite prospect. The Knicks want to keep him. They would include the pogo-stick post as part of a trade package for an elite talent –like Carmelo Anthony or Chris Paul. The Knicks, however, won’t trade Randolph for just a good player –like, say, Fernandez.
For now, Fernandez stays with Portland. And Anthony stays with New York.
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