Saturday, September 4, 2010

Knicks Decide Price for Fernandez Too High

According to a report coming from ESPN, Donnie Walsh has vetoed a trade that would have sent newly acquired Anthony Randolph to Indiana and an Indiana first round pick to Portland with Rudy Fernandez joining the Knicks.  I can only imagine who, if anyone, the Pacers would have given up as part of the deal to either Portland or the Knicks -  recently arrested Lance Stephenson perhaps (I will admit to some sense of disappointment when the Knicks passed up the chance to draft Brooklyn native Stephenson in the 2nd round of this year's draft)?

A good move on Walsh's end not pulling the trade trigger - Randolph has a ton of upside and potential this season to contribute as a Knick and/or be a key piece of a trade that could bring in an elite player to compliment Stoudemire.  Fernandez was looking to improve his stock while playing for Spain at the World Championships, but despite flashes of spectacular play has yet to do so.  As time moves on, Portland will want something for Fernandez and their asking price may go down, or they could potentially waive the disgruntled guard.  Knicks fans fall asleep to dream about 'Melo or Chris Paul at MSG.  At this point, I'm more than happy for the Knicks to pass on roster moves that don't move the franchise in that direction.    


MC ENTIRE said...

We keep Randolph unless we get someone really really really good. I don't think Fernandez quite meets that criteria.

I could see the Knicks more interested in Fernandez's compatriot-Ricky Rubio, but that could be a few years down the road before he plays in the NBA.

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