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Rudy Fernandez is staying put

Posted on: July 5, 2011 12:35 pm
Posted by Matt Moore

In a relatively surprising development, Rudy Fernandez will not accept an offer from Real Madrid to join them for the duration of the lockout, return to the Mavericks upon its conclusion, and then resume playing with the Spanish team once his contract expires. 

From Marca:
Just back from Paris, after a conversation with his agent, Rudy Fernandez made the decision. He stays in the NBA. The Spaniard will finish his contract in Dallas and then decide what to do with his career.
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Fernandez passing on what we described as his "dream scenario" comes as a bit of a shock and speaks to a level of maturity we weren't sure Fernandez possessed. In essence, he's committing 100 percent to the team that traded for him, after a year filled with noise about his desire to return to Spain. Yes, the Mavericks are the defending NBA champions whenever the league resumes play, but it's still striking that he elected not to play during the lockout and then have his cake and eat it too by playing for Dallas to see how it goes and get paid the remainder of his NBA contract before going home. 

It's an encouraging sign for the Mavericks if reports are true, as it may show a Fernandez prepared to commit to reaching his potential which he never quite did in Portland. 


Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2011 9:15 am

Rudy Fernandez is staying put

i am willing to bet that mark cuban threw him some money. He bought him off. This is how big business gets bigger.

Since: Oct 2, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2011 9:08 am

Rudy Fernandez is staying put

Rudy go get your money. Go to whoever is paying the most with the most benenfit for you.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2011 8:44 pm

Rudy Fernandez is staying put

romeobodeodo, you clearly read, but did not comprehend.

This would be in a way a two-way contract. He plays in Spain as long as the NBA is locked out. Once the NBA resumes, he goes back. If he elected to not extend his contract in the NBA or sign elsewhere in the NBA, he would play out the remainder of his contract in Spain. There would be no buyouts.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: July 5, 2011 4:18 pm

Rudy Fernandez is staying put

Is it possible Donnie Nelson, Mark Cuban, and Rick Carlisle are lucky geniuses who might enable the Mavs to make another improbable run at the Championship?  Thank you, Rudy, go MAVS!!!!!

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: July 5, 2011 3:56 pm

Rudy Fernandez is staying put

All Rudy is doing is keeping his options open as to where he wants to play in the future. Suppose he returns and plays a season for Dallas and then decides he wants to play for Spain. The offer will still be there. But if he signs with Real Madrid now, and then decides he want to remain in the NBA, it'll be a contract buyout issue again. There will be plenty of European teams that will sign him to play if the NBA season is delayed and he chooses that route. But I agree that it's wise for him to keep his options open.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: July 5, 2011 3:30 pm

Rudy Fernandez is staying put

Enjoy. Rudy had ample opportunity to do something in Portland which he kept choking away. To his credit even though he couldn't hit the broadside of a barn this year he did play hard on D (even though he is limited) and made some nice passes. One less headache for the Blazers. Hopefully it doesn't come back to bite us in the butt.

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: July 5, 2011 2:45 pm

Rudy Fernandez is staying put

Bottom line is that basketball in Spain does not have the caliber of athletes as the NBA does. 

He wants to play and compete against the best in the world, so I don't blame him.

Being a MFFL, I'm happy to see him commit to the Mavs.  Hopefully he will play well for us.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: July 5, 2011 1:59 pm

Rudy Fernandez is staying put

Good for him

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