His name has been out there all summer but it appears that things may be heating up on the Rudy Fernandez front. Part of the holdup has been the turnover in the Portland front office. But new GM Rich Cho started the job "in earnest" on Monday (whatever that means), and it seems like he's willing to talk seriously with teams now.
At the urging of Rudy Fernandez and his agent, the Trail Blazers have engaged in accelerated trade discussions to deal the disgruntled, once-popular shooting guard to one of three Eastern Conference teams. Boston, Chicago and New York are all in the running to land the 6-foot-6 Spaniard, who set an NBA rookie record two seasons ago by making 159 three-pointers.
Some of the teams interested in Fernandez have offered a future first round draft pick, while other offers would pair Fernandez with another Blazers player, but agent Andy Miller would not get into specifics.
The Bulls have been offering 2009 first-round pick James Johnson all offseason, although the Trail Blazers have shown little interest in Johnson in the past and other parts would be needed to make those salaries match.
Not sure exactly what package the Celtics are offering but the option of trading Sheed and a future pick for Rudy and other spare parts on Portland's deep roster is intriguing to me. Especially when Ainge admits that we have more than one need left.
"We think Semih is capable of playing backup minutes for us,’’ Ainge said. "We have Jermaine and Glen Davis, but for the long haul of the season I think we’d like to add another big guy and a shooter.’’
I have a feeling something is going to happen in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned.