He's a great player," McMillan said. "He's a good player. A talented player. Very talented."He is in my notes for training camp. All right," the coach said when pressed for more.
Through his agent, Andy Miller, Fernandez told The Oregonian two weeks ago he intends to not report to training camp even though he has two years left on his contract.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Rudy Fernandez won’t be at the Portland Trail Blazers’ training camp. His coach, Nate McMillan, expects him to be there.
Call me crazy but something will give. It has to. And for the sake of all involved, hopefully it gives soon.
For months, we’ve heard about Fernandez’s unhappiness. He apparently sacrificed millions of dollars leaving his European pro side to ply his trade in Rip City.
And because of his ‘financial sacrifice’, he feels entitled to minutes, shots, and a leading role with an NBA team. At least, that’s what he’s telling foreign journalists.
If he doesn’t get his way, Fernandez and his agent have even mentioned breaking the final two years of his NBA contract and returning to Europe.
This, of course, puts the Blazers in an impossible position. The other 29 teams know Fernandez wants out. They smell opportunity and are offering little in a trade.
But the Blazers have to get something significant for Fernandez. Fans would never forgive rookie executive Rich Cho if he got back less than equal value.
So Cho must hold the line, stand firm, and pull a rabbit out of the hat in a trade.
Until such a situation presents itself, the standoff between Fernandez and the Blazers will continue. And it will only get even more unpleasant.
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