Tag:Rudy Fernandez
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:57 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2012 9:58 pm

Rudy Fernandez tip beats buzzer video

Posted by Ben Golliver

Denver Nuggets guard Rudy Fernandez hit the most creative buzzer-beater of the year, tipping in a halfcourt heave by teammate Corey Brewer over his own head to score a bucket to close the third quarter of a Sunday night game against the Los Angeles Clippers. What's more, Fernandez scored the basket with his left hand.

The score put the Nuggets up, 83-77, to enter the fourth quarter at the Pepsi Center.

Here's the video of Rudy Fernandez's incredible tip in to beat the buzzer against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:15 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 6:14 pm

Mavs trade Fernandez, Brewer to Nuggets

Posted by Ben Golliverrudy-fernandez

Grand opening. Grand closing?

Guard Rudy Fernandez's career with the Dallas Mavericks may be over before it even started. TuBasket.com and ESPN.com both reported on Tuesday that the Mavericks will move the moody shooting guard to the Denver Nuggets. ESPN.com reported that the Mavericks would receive a future second round pick and included reserve guard Corey Brewer in the deal as well. NBA.com quickly confirmed those details.

The Mavericks acquired Fernandez from the Portland Trail Blazers on the night of the 2011 NBA Draft for a first round pick that the Blazers re-routed to the Nuggets with guard Andre Miller in a trade for Raymond Felton. During the lockout, Fernandez, a Spanish national team player, signed a multi-year contract with Real Madrid.

Brewer, a lithe wing, signed with the Mavericks in March after getting bought out by the New York Knicks after they acquired him in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves that helped facilitate the acquisition of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony

Recent reports indicated that Fernandez, who regularly complained at his role in Portland, would not be happy in Dallas if he did not receive ample playing time and was considering requesting a buyout. Following the 2011-2012 season, Fernandez is free to return to play for Real Madrid. He reportedly had issues with his travel visa that delayed his arrival to Dallas' training camp.

On Monday, Dallas announced the signing of free agent wing Vince Carter and reports surfaced that the Mavericks had signed free agent guard Delonte West as well. Over the weekend, Dallas swung a trade for Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom, too, giving Dallas 11 players competing for playing time at the one, two and three positions.

Fernandez, 26, has not yet delivered on the considerable hype he brought with him to the NBA following the 2008 Olympics, where Spain won the Silver Medal. Last season, Fernandez averaged 8.6 points and 2.5 assists in 78 games for the Blazers.

Brewer, 25, played just 13 games for Dallas last season, posting season averages of 8.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in 69 combined appearances for the Mavericks and the Timberwolves.
Posted on: November 28, 2011 6:08 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 6:14 pm

Report: Rudy Fernandez wants to bail on Mavs?

Posted by Ben Golliverrudy-fernandez

Least shocking news of the day: It took less than 72 hours since the NBA's "tentative" labor deal was struck for perpetually petulant guard Rudy Fernandez to find his name in reports stating his unhappiness with the league and his preference for continuing to play in his homeland of Spain.

Spanish website ElConfidencial.com reported that Fernandez planned to travel to Dallas next week to meet with the Mavericks in an effort to arrange his immediate departure from the NBA's defending champions, potentially by buying out of his contract.

HoopsHype.com, quoting "a reliable source," quickly reported that the original report was erroneous.
“Rudy Fernandez’s plan is to join the Mavericks next week and play with them this year,” the source said. “Asking for a buyout is not an option at this moment at all. He wants to play with Dallas and do a good job there.”

“Plan A is for him to play with Dallas,” the source said. “I wouldn’t even call this plan B, more like plan C, but there’s a small chance the Mavericks could be asked to accept a buyout or asked to use the amnesty clause on Rudy if things are not looking good for him there, if there’s not a decent role for him there… Now that’s when the option of leaving Dallas would be considered. But there’s nothing true about that report right now.”
Fernandez was traded by the Portland Trail Blazers to the Mavericks on the night of the 2011 NBA Draft and has one year remaining on his rookie scale contract. Fernandez butted heads often with Blazers coach Nate McMillan as he desired a more consistent, meaningful role in Portland's rotation. Prior to the 2010-2011 season, he threatened not to show up to camp in an effort to get himself traded before relenting. He averaged 8.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game for the Blazers last season and was virtually invisible during Portland's first round playoff series, shooting just 4-for-18 over six games.

Back in August, Fernandez inked a multi-year contract with Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid, where he played during the lockout. He is averaging 16.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for Real Madrid in Spanish league play, according to DraftExpress.com. Fernandez, 26, won a gold medal for Spain at the 2011 EuroBasket tournament; his heart is clearly in Spain and it's possible that his long-term financial best interests are there, too.

This goes without saying, but the Mavericks will never, ever, ever use their amnesty clause on Fernandez, who is owed a paltry $2.1 million in 2011-2012. The Amnesty Clause can be used on any player currently on the roster at any time during the recently negotiated Collective Bargaining Agreement. It's an extremely valuable cap management tool that can help mitigate against disastrous injury or overpaying for unproductive play. With Brendan Haywood on the books for more than $45 million guaranteed through 2015-2016, there's no way Dallas owner Mark Cuban burns his Amnesty card just to make Fernandez happy. It's a pipe dream.

As for agreeing to release Fernandez, the Mavericks have no real motivation for doing so. He's an affordable, serviceable -- if somewhat emotionally erratic and unreliable -- reserve guard who adds depth to their backcourt. Dallas might need to let J.J. Barea and/or DeShawn Stevenson go during free agency, meaning there is the potential for Fernandez to get some real run. Showing up and honoring his contract is the right thing to do, even if it might not be Fernandez's first choice. No matter what, he's free to return to Real Madrid in July 2012.
Posted on: October 24, 2011 5:44 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 6:20 pm

Rudy Fernandez hits no-look 3-pointer video

Posted by Ben Golliver

Dallas Mavericks guard Rudy Fernandez is fairly adept at three things: being popular in Spain, flopping, and making 3-pointers. In the following clip, we get to see Fernandez put those three skills together in one ridiculous highlight shot.

With the NBA in a lockout, Fernandez is back home in Spain, suiting up and starring for basketball power Real Madrid. On Sunday, Real Madrid defeated Blusens Monbus, 81-67, thanks in part to a no-look, legs-kicking 3-pointer from Fernandez -- or at least the free throws that resulted.

(As Ball Don't Lie points out, the shot was waived off because it came after the foul.)

In one of the more entertaining threes you'll ever see, Fernandez receives a pass in the left corner, pump-fakes to get a trailing defender in the air, steps in to draw contract, heaves up a shot with his body perpendicular to the basket while flailing to the ground and kicking his legs into the air like a bucking bronco. The high-arcing shot splashes through the rim hitting nothing but net as Fernandez rolls on the ground. He then calmly steps to the free throw line after his teammates argue the call.

Here's video of Fernandez's amazing circus three-pointer uploaded by YouTube user Pabloskicbb5.

Hat Tip: Sportando.net
Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:57 pm

Mavericks' Rudy Fernandez signs in Spain

By Matt Moore

From the Associated Press: 

Dallas Mavericks forward Rudy Fernandez has signed with Real Madrid's basketball team during the NBA lockout.

Madrid says Fernandez has agreed to play in Spain during the labor negotiations. The deal includes an option for Fernandez to play with Madrid once his contract with the NBA champions ends. 

Fernandez has flirted with playing overseas for years, particularly at the start of last season after being unhappy with his role in Portland. This deal itself has been percolating the last few weeks. But since being traded to the champion Mavericks (who need a healthy wing with Caron Butler just now getting back on the court), Fernandez has been adamant that he intends to finish his contract in the NBA before even considering a return overseas. With the option to return, the most likely scenario is Fernandez plays one year with the Mavericks, then takes off to return to Real Madrid. ESPN Dallas notes that this might not be the worst case scenario for the Mavericks, who have two talented wings still developing.

Should Fernandez return to Spain after the season, the Mavs should be ready to replace him with either of their two young players for the 2012-13 season. And if Beaubois and Jones don't pan out -- which would be disappointing -- Fernandez will go down as nothing more than a low-cost gamble that should be sufficiently replaceable in next summer's free-agent market.

Who knows, a year from now the Mavs might not even want him back.
via If Rudy Fernandez is one-and-done, so be it - Dallas Mavericks Blog - ESPN Dallas.

So the defending NBA champs traded for a versatile, athletic wing with range for cheap who won't complicate matters if he doesn't work out and have the depth behind him to compensate. Man, it's good to be Dallas right now. You know, if we have a season and all.  
Posted on: August 30, 2011 3:11 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2011 4:03 pm

EuroBasket preview: Spain and then everybody else

Posted by Royce Young

Actual competitive basketball being played in an actual arena with actual NBA players! No, this isn't another Drew League versus Goodman League showdown -- it's better. It's Eurobasket 2011 and if you're completely starved for some quality hoops, then welcome your all-you-can-eat buffet of basketball.

You're probably sick of people trying to convince you how quality the European game has become, and while no, it's not the NBA, it is about as good of basketball as you're going to get. And with the labor negotiations going about as well as Charles Barkley in a marathon, this might be one of your last chances to get competitive basketball.

The EuroBasket tournament features 24 countries all with the opportunity to put away an automatic bid to the 2012 Olympics in London. The top two finishers get an automatic bid while four bids to the Pre-Olympic qualifying tournament (for third through sixth) are at stake as well. But it's not only about the Olympic bids. It's about taking home a title for your country against the top competition in Europe. It's a big deal.

It starts up Aug. 31 and runs through Sept. 18. It's going to be a frantic few weeks of hoops with big names like Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, Luol Deng and Tony Parker. Let's take a look at the field.

Group A: Britain, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Portugal
Group B: France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Serbia
Group C: Bosnia, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Finland
Group D: Belgium, Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Slovenia, Ukraine

(A heads up: Every game of EuroBasket can be watched free on ESPN3.com.)


Spain -- Pau Gasol. Serge Ibaka. Ricky Rubio. Jose Calderon. Rudy Fernandez. Marc Gasol. If you're looking for your NBA fix, the Spaniards are your team to watch. They're going to play the most fluid, flashy game of anything and with players like Ibaka, Gasol and Rubio, will blend athleticism and skill together nicely.

It's really Spain's tournament to lose. There's just so much talent on the team, not even including the big names. Sergio Llull, recent first round draft pick Nikola Mirotic and the irresistible Juan Carlos Navarro make Spain the can't-miss team and clear-cut favorite.

NBA players: Pau Gasol (Lakers), Serge Ibaka (Thunder), Ricky Rubio (Timberwolves), Jose Calderon (Raptors), Rudy Fernandez (Mavericks), Marc Gasol (Grizzlies)

-- The Lithuanians are sort of a borderline favorite, but they are playing the tournament in their home country, so that's an advantage. Plus, there's talent scattered throughout the team with players like lottery pick Jonas Valanciunas, Donatas Motiejunas and Sarunas Jasikevicius.

NBA players: Jonas Valanciunas (Raptors), Donatas Motiejunas (Timberwolves)

-- Quietly, the French have assembled a pretty stellar team. Most aren't listing them as a top tier favorite, but it's hard to ignore the talent. A core of Nicolas Batum, Joakim Noah and Tony Parker make them a squad strong enough to consider. Add in Rodrigue Beaubois (if he's healthy), Kevin Seraphin, Mickael Pietrus and Kevin Seraphin and that's a quality rotation of players.

They don't have the same level of talent as Spain, but if Batum can emerge as a go-to scorer to supplement Parker, the French team could make noise in the knockout rounds.

NBA players: Tony Parker (Spurs), Nicolas Batum (Trail Blazers), Mickael Pietrus (Suns), Joakim Noah (Bulls), Rodrigue Beaubois (Mavericks), Kevin Seraphin (Wizards), Ronny Turiaf, injured though (Knicks), Ian Mahinmi (Mavericks), Boris Diaw (Bobcats)

Serbia -- One of Europe's most consistent powers, Serbia features a smooth balance of interior scorers and outside shooters. Nenad Krstic is the anchor but don't underestimate players like Milos Teodosic and Milenko Tepic. Serbia doesn't have anything all that flashy, but it's a team that's stayed together for a while and knows how to play extremely well with each other.

NBA players: None


Germany -- They have Dirk. That's enough to at least warrant consideration. Now after that it doesn't look extremely strong, but it's Dirk and if we learned anything, the dude can play in big moments. He can carry a team that otherwise looks like a batch of just mid-level players to a higher place and win with them. So I'm not doubting him one bit in this tournament.

Plus there's Chris Kaman and Thunder property Tibor Pleiss there with him, which gives Germany a pretty formidable front court.

NBA players: Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks), Chris Kaman (Clippers)

Russia -- One thing that constantly intrigues me with the Russian team is coach David Blatt. He's an American coach that played for Pete Carril at Princeton and has been extremely successful overseas with major clubs. The team has some talent, but nothing to get too excited about. It would take a breakout tournament from Timofey Mozgov or swingman Victor Khryapa a huge showing from Andrei Kirilenko for them to truly contend, but they could be medal contenders.

NBA players: Timofey Mozgov (Nuggets), Andrei Kirilenko (Jazz)

Slovenia -- Slovenia's the Atlanta Hawks of Europe. Always solid, never good enough to win. They have some quality players, but lack enough quality size to compete with Spain, Lithuania or France.

NBA players: Goran Dragic (Rockets)

-- Last year's World Championship runners-up to the United States, Turkey has most of that team back. It's a good group and one that could certainly get hot and make a run again, but the World Championship run came largely because of a huge bump from a home court advantage. Not happening again in Lithuania.

NBA players: Semih Erden (Celtics), Omer Asik (Bulls), Ersan Ilyasova (Bucks), Enes Kanter (Jazz), Hedo Turkoglu (Magic)


Greece -- When their fluid passing is leading to open 3s (which they make), the Greeks are a problem for people. But when they're missing, they're a team easy to run over. They're scrappy and will claw on each possession, but reality is, they just don't have enough talent to hang with the bigger clubs. They do have one of the funner players to watch in Dimitrios Diamantidis, so keep an eye on him.

NBA players: Kostas Koufos (Nuggets)

Croatia -- Much like Slovenia, Croatia is a squad that is always in the conversation, but lacks the firepower to truly contend. Hard to figure where the points will come from for them in big spots. They'll be good enough to likely win Group C, but after that, it'll be a tough road to advance.

NBA players: Bojan Bogdanovic (Nets)

Great Britain
-- I'm intrigued by this British team despite it not having any depth whatsoever. Had Ben Gordon been cleared to play, the Brits would've had a dark horse caliber team. Instead, they'll have to fight to get out of group play. Luol Deng is good enough to carry them some with Joel Freeland and Ryan Richards potentially adding some scoring pop from inside.

Don't worry though: They've already qualified for the 2012 Olympics. Because, you know, they're hosting it.

NBA players: Luol Deng (Bulls)

Italy -- There's a little something to the Italian team. Danillo Gallinari, Marco Belinelli and Andrea Bargnani give them some scoring. Problem is, can they stop anyone? It's a decent team and one that can probably make the knockout round, but not much after that.

NBA players: Danillo Gallinari (Nuggets), Marco Belinelli (Hornets), Andrea Bargnani (Raptors)

Montenegro -- Not a powerful team but one with some consistent shooters and a couple decent interior players. Montenegro could very well be every bit as good as Slovenia or Croatia, but their roster doesn't strike you as anything special.

NBA players: Nikola Vucevic (76ers), Nikola Pekovic (Timberwolves)


NBA players: None

NBA players: Omri Casspi (Cavaliers) -- Casspi's unlikely though because of injury

NBA players: None

NBA players: None

NBA players: Zaza Pachulia (Hawks)

NBA players: Kyrylo Fesenko (Jazz),



NBA players: None

NBA players: None

NBA players: None

NBA players: None

NBA players: None

PREDICTION: If Spain doesn't reach the final, it's a massive disappointment and a massive shock. It's really just a matter of who will challenge the loaded Spaniards. I see the final four teams being Spain, France, Lithuania and a dark horse in Germany. A lot of people aren't necessarily on the French bandwagon, but I see a team with a bunch of talent that could possibly put together a little run. The safe bet is to go with a Spain-Lithuania final (this of course assuming the teams match up correctly in the knockout round), but I'm looking at France to fall to Spain in the gold medal game but still earn that automatic bid to London in 2012.
Posted on: August 15, 2011 3:29 pm

Report: Rudy Fernandez signs with Real Madrid

Posted by Royce Young

Rudy Fernandez's on again, off again relationship with Real Madrid appears to be on again. Very on again.

According to Eurobasket.com, Fernandez has agreed to a four-year contract with the Spanish professional team. Like a previous report mentioned, Fernandez will return to Dallas after the lockout but then re-return to Spain to play with the club next season and then through 2014-15. If you're wondering, Fernandez's contract with the Mavericks -- a rookie deal -- expires after the 2011-12 season.

However, before we finally check Fernandez off the list, HoopsHype is pumping the brakes. Citing a source, the deal is "not done yet" and Fernandez hasn't agreed. So we're off again, huh? Good grief.

Then again, HoopsHype said a deal "will likely be announced later this week" meaning that something could be in place and it just needs to be finalized. On again.

This isn't just a lockout contingency plan for Fernandez. He wants to sign with Madrid and make it a long-term deal. Currently Fernandez has one year left on his deal with a qualifying offer available for another.

The original offer he received from Real Madrid was a six-year deal and equated to about $4.4 million per year. So that would be around $26 million over six years, which is a pretty massive offer from a Spanish team. Right now, Fernandez is making about $2 million for this year on his rookie deal with next year's qualifying offer being for $3.2 million.

Fernandez's potential deal would include an NBA opt-out, but that's just to get through his current contract. Which is what he said he wanted to do. After that, all bets are off. So he might play a little in Spain, come back, and then go to Spain again for the long term. You know, on again, off again.
Posted on: August 2, 2011 2:55 pm

Rudy Fernandez is talking to Spanish teams again

Posted by Royce Young

Hot weather. Swimming. Beaches. Swimsuits. Hot dogs and beer. All summer staples. I think you can add another to that list: Rudy Fernandez talking to Spanish teams.

Early in July, Fernandez reportedly got a massive offer from Reali Madrid, but then said he intended to fulfill his NBA contract. But with Rudy, things tend to go back-and-forth when it comes to returning to Spain.

Via HoopsWorld:

Fernandez’s camp met with Real Madrid last week, and the two sides have remained in contact in recent days. A six-year deal starting at 2.5 million euros ($3,562,250) is currently being discussed, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the negotiations. …

While the small forward’s deal may include a NBA-out, sources close to the situation believe that Fernandez wants to commit to Real Madrid long-term. Unlike other NBA players signing overseas, Fernandez doesn’t view Spain as a temporary landing spot. He sees himself continuing his career with Real Madrid long after the lockout has ended. However, Fernandez has one year remaining on his NBA contract, which could force him to report to the Dallas Mavericks if the work stoppage ends in time to save the upcoming season.

Hey, at least this isn't Portland's headache anymore. Last summer, Fernandez flirted with Spanish teams for a number of months, even taking it so far that his agent had to be fined for comments about it. Now Fernandez is a member of the Mavericks after being traded on draft night.

This isn't just a lockout contingency plan for Fernandez. He wants to sign with Madrid and make it a long-term deal. Currently Fernandez has one year left on his deal with a qualifying offer available for another.

The original offer he received from Real Madrid was a six-year deal and equated to about $4.4 million per year. So that would be around $26 million over six years, which is a pretty massive offer from a Spanish team. Right now, Fernandez is making about $2 million for this year on his rookie deal with next year's qualifying offer being for $3.2 million.

Fernandez's potential deal would include an NBA opt-out, but that's just to get through his current contract. Which is what he said he wanted to do. After that, all bets are off. So he might play a little in Spain, come back, and then go to Spain again for the long term.
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