In the Rudy Fernandez “Stay or Go” portion of the article, Dwight Jaynes makes a great point. He says that he fears Rudy is going to be too good. How is that bad you ask? Well, it means that you will not be able to keep him on the bench much longer playing only 25 mins a game before he gets pissed. Not to mention the salary cap implications of keeping him long term. With Roy, Aldridge, Oden, Batum, and possibly Bayless, Outlaw, and Webster, all looking to make significant money in the future do we have money to keep Rudy? We are currently safe, because he is under his rookie contract for the next 3 seasons, so the Blazers will not have to pay him much, but after that he could be poised to make some serious money.
So I pose this question. Do you trade Rudy Fernandez before this happens? What would you need out of the deal to make it worth while? Here are my answers.
Personally, I would trade him before that crossroad point. Now this also assumes that Rudy matures into the star that I think he is going to be. Also, it assumes that Brandon Roy is able to play injury free for the foreseeable future. The dilemma that I find myself in, is anyone who is worthy of trading Rudy for is most likely in the upper tier in regards to salary. So, that doesn’t really solve the issue of going into the luxury tax. What trading Rudy would fix, would be the logjam of all-star talent at the 2 guard. While Rudy and Roy’s game aren’t that similar, they both thrive at the 2 spot. So who do you think is going to be better? Roy right? Do you think Rudy would be happy being a career backup? Cause I sure don’t. So what you do by making this trade is addressing another position by unloading one you have duplicates in.
So who would I need to make this deal work? Well, my asking price would most likely be higher then most teams would be willing to pay. But in my eyes, the Blazers are in the position of power from a negotiating stand point. We have the young, talented, charismatic star. And if we don’t trade him, then no skin off our backs, we’ll figure it out when it comes time. I personally wouldn’t give Rudy away for anyone less then an elite PG. Someone like Rondo, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Beno Udrih (ok that was a joke). Obviously the swap wont be strait up, but if we could sprinkle in a draft pick or two along with another young piece it would be tempting for someone like New Orleans who is struggling to make ends meet financially (see failed Tyson Chandler trade). I don’t think it’s time to make a deal quite yet, because Rudy is still seen as a “potential” star, but I think he will make a significant improvement next season, and elevate himself into Manu Ginobli, 6th man type status.
What do you guys think? Can you ever imagine parting ways with Rudy?