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Rudy Fernandez gets huge offer from Real Madrid?

Posted on: July 3, 2011 1:15 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2011 1:44 pm
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Dallas Mavericks guard Rudy Fernandez has reportedly received a large multi-year contract offer from Real Madrid. Posted by Ben Golliver. rudy-fernandez

Rumors that Spanish star guard Rudy Fernandez would return to Spain began almost as soon as he touched down in Portland to begin his NBA career. 

On Sunday, Sportando.net reports -- via Mundo Deportiva -- that these rumors have reached a fever pitch, with Real Madrid prepared to make a giant contract offer to Fernandez with the goal of securing his long-term rights.
According to Spanish media, Real Madrid made a crazy offer for Rudy Fernandez, to convince the Spaniard to return in Europe after his years in the NBA.

Real offered to Rudy a six-year deal and €3M per season. Moreover, the club from the capital will give to Fernandez the chance to return to Dallas Mavericks when the lockout ends but with the promise that he will be back to Madrid as soon as his contract with the NBA champs expires. 
The offer equates to $4.35 million per year at current exchange rates. In other words, the deal would be worth $26.1 million, a hefty sum for a player that has been subject to the NBA's rookie scale so far during his career and was essentially buried on Portland's bench the last two seasons. Fernandez is set to make $2.1 million in the 2011-2012 season and would be line for a $3.2 million qualifying offer next summer with the opportunity to enter restricted free agency if no extension with Dallas was agreed to.

Almost since the moment fellow Spaniard Sergio Rodriguez was traded to the Sacramento Kings -- hastening his departure from the NBA and leaving Fernandez by himself in Portland -- a return to Spain has seemed inevitable. Fernandez spent last summer threatening not to show up for training camp and was fined because his agent publicly requested a release from his contract.

This offer -- as described -- is Fernandez's dream scenario. He gets to return to Spain, where he is a hero, to play immediately, can fulfill his duties to the Mavericks if necessary and then receive the long-term pay day which he thought he would get by coming to America. At 26 years old, the clock is ticking for Fernandez, and this deal would not only set him for life, it would also beat his market value in the NBA if he stuck around for free agency.

In Dallas, Fernandez has a legit chance to win an NBA title next season and beyond. In Madrid, he would have all the money and the fame he can handle. Good choices to have, but they will eventually force a difficult decision.
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Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Rudy Fernandez gets huge offer from Real Madrid?

Madrid is better than Portland or Dallas ... I am guessing especially to a Spaniard.

And Parker, Kirilenko, and the Gasols are not THE star of their respective teams like Nowitzki is for the Mavericks.

I think the issue of money is up for debate ... doesn't quality of life matter? 



Since: Jul 4, 2011
Posted on: July 4, 2011 4:36 pm
 

Rudy Fernandez gets huge offer from Real Madrid?

I believe Rudy only has the 2011-2012 year left on his NBA contract, so I think his only obligation to play in Dallas is for whatever portion of the 2011-2012 season the NBA plays after the lockout.


If he plays in Spain, Blazers came out pretty well getting a #26 pick for him. If I'm not mistaken, they also got a second round pick.  



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Rudy Fernandez gets huge offer from Real Madrid?

One mistake.  I meant UFAs, not RFAs.  Of course RFAs are just as welcome to stay in Europe/Asia if they have no contract, like UFAs.




Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Rudy Fernandez gets huge offer from Real Madrid?

One mistake.  I meant UFAs, not RFAs.  Of course RFAs are just as welcome to stay in Europe/Asia if they have no contract, like UFAs.




Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Rudy Fernandez gets huge offer from Real Madrid?

These are dumb mullings.  You are perfectly welcome to have a temp contract with another league once locked-out, as the owner(s) is/are preventing your work option in the first place.  Owners cannot have it both ways kids.

Once a CBA has been created you are then obligated to return to any present contractual obligations (RFAs not so much, being an RFA).  It all depends on if you signed a temporary contract or an actual league contract.  Most players simply sign temp contracts in Europe to keep themselves in game shape.  If you are on strike you do not have these employment rights.



Since: Jul 25, 2010
Posted on: July 4, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Rudy Fernandez gets huge offer from Real Madrid?

Quote: Originally Posted by Larry Coon Can NBA players play overseas during a lockout?

The answer to this one is "It's complicated." Stern said as far as he's concerned, the players can do what they want to do. But keep in mind, he's going to say that regardless -- he doesn't want to appear in any way to be trying to prevent the players from earning a living. Labor laws don't allow an employer to lock out its employees and prevent them from earning a living elsewhere.

Ultimately, it doesn't matter what Stern says or does -- the decision isn't up to him.

In order to play professionally overseas, FIBA (the organizing body for international basketball) requires a Letter of Clearance from the player's national organizing body. In the case of players from the United States, that's USA Basketball. The Letter of Clearance certifies that the player is free to sign a contract -- i.e., he has no other contractual obligations that would get in the way. An NBA contract is such a contractual obligation. Lockout or not, it's still an existing contract. So on the surface, an NBA player who's under contract would not be allowed to sign in any FIBA league. NBA free agents, on the other hand, can sign wherever they'd like.

But here's the rub -- we're getting into uncharted territory. FIBA has never found itself in this position before. FIBA could decide to alter or suspend its rule requiring a Letter of Clearance, or allow contracts to be signed so long as they contain language that says the contract becomes null and void immediately if the NBA lockout ends.

More likely, FIBA simply would stick to its existing rule, essentially punting the problem to the national organizing bodies. These bodies (such as USA Basketball) could decide to issue a Letter of Clearance notwithstanding the NBA lockout. Or they could issue a Letter of Clearance with a specific notation about the lockout -- essentially punting the problem right back to FIBA.

Finally, the NBA players could take FIBA and/or the national organizing bodies to court. The ability to block players in a lockout has never been tested through litigation, and once they're there, anything can happen.


If players under contract are cleared to play in Europe, will there be a mass exodus?

It's doubtful. For one thing, there simply aren't enough teams with enough open roster spots to accommodate 400-plus NBA players. And the ones who do sign overseas will likely make only a fraction of what they earned in the NBA. The Euroleague and other FIBA leagues simply can't afford to pay NBA players commensurate with the salaries to which they've grown accustomed.

So we will probably see a few head overseas, but certainly not a Who's Who of NBA players.



Since: Jul 25, 2010
Posted on: July 4, 2011 12:25 pm
 

Rudy Fernandez gets huge offer from Real Madrid?

No, they don't have any contractual obligations to the NBA whatsoever! Their collective bargaining deal is over and so are all their contracts. NBA teams retain the rights to the player if he comes back to the NBA when the lock-out ends. All NBA players are free to seek employment elsewhere. You will be seeing much more of these offers popping up soon. European leagues have a lot more money to offer than most people in the U.S think they do and it's open season on their players. Even if the NBA was up and running Euro teams could offer to buy players out of their contracts and after a new collective bargaining deal is reached all player contracts will have to be renegotiated anyway.



Since: Oct 21, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 11:48 am
 

Rudy Fernandez gets huge offer from Real Madrid?

1.  Madrid's not even the best city in Castille/Leon, let alone all of Spain.  So I'm not sure what your point is.

2.  Euros - like Americans - like money.  The NBA still pays the highest amounts of it.

3.  Tony Parker, Kirlienko, and both Gasols (just to name a few) hardly qualify as "marginal, NBA role players."



Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 10:26 am
 

Rudy Fernandez gets huge offer from Real Madrid?

Considering the fact that he's been locked out with the rest of the NBA players, does he have any contractual obligations at all with the NBA?



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 9:48 am
 

Rudy Fernandez gets huge offer from Real Madrid?

This seems like a no-brainer for Fernandez.

Madrid?

Has anyone ever been to Madrid?

I am not sure why Euros continue to think they have to challenge or prove themselves in the NBA.  

It must be an issue of perception, because a generation has passed and the only real impact star player has been Dirk Nowitzki ... the rest are marginal role players in the NBA-style game.

Maybe it is just the money.

Life must be better in Euro Leagues than facing language barriers, culture clash, et al.

 


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