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Disgruntled guard Rudy Fernandez wants out of Portland.
According Jason Quick, of the Oregonian, the Celtics could ultimately be Fernandez’s destination.
The 25-year-old Spaniard is entering his third season in the NBA. Fernandez, who has played exclusively off the bench, is looking for a bigger role with his new team.
Standing at 6’6”, Fernandez possess favorable size for a two-guard.
Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge has been adamant that the team is still searching for a big man and a shooter. Over the last two weeks, the Celtics have been linked to rumors circulating around Josh Howard, Shaquille O’Neal, Eddie House and most recently, Delonte West.
However, since the beginning of July, one name that keeps being constant with the Celtics is Fernandez.
The Celtics are in desperate need of a shooting guard to play behind Ray Allen. Boston did re-sign Marquis Daniels last week, but Daniels is coming off his worst season in the NBA. Still, Daniels has the ability to be effective and if the Celtics bring in a two, he is versatile enough to spell Paul Pierce.
Aside from Daniels, 2010 first round pick Avery Bradley is the only other option off the bench.
Fernandez brings the Celtics a shooter and athletic marvel who is young enough to be coached into a special player in the NBA.
If the Celtics hope to acquire Fernandez, Boston will have to do so via trade.
With a stacked backcourt, Portland could use a center to take some minutes away from the enigma that is Greg Oden. Being that Portland seems to be always enamored with foreign players, the Celtics may potentially be able to ship Semih Erden and a second round draft choice for the services of Fernandez.
Fernandez saw his numbers decrease from his solid 2007 rookie campaign. But, for Boston this move is a low risk, high reward transaction. Fernandez’s cap hit is just around $1.2 million and depending on what the Celtics give up, if Fernandez fails to have success, Boston did not lose much.
On the other hand, if Fernandez succeeds, the Celtics have found a young, reliable scorer off the bench to help take minutes away from Allen.
Either way, it’s not secret that Ainge is looking for a scorer off the bench.