COMMENTARY | It looks as if Rudy Fernandez is knocking on the NBA doors again. This time, with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“The fantastic run may have a downside for Real, though. The strong play of the team’s stars has not gone unnoticed in the NBA. With Nikola Mirotic, the tournament MVP, already widely presumed to be leaving for Chicago next season, now comes news of renewed interest in Rudy Fernandez from the States, with Oklahoma City being one of the teams inquiring about his contract situation, according to a source.”
Fernandez spent this season overseas playing for Real Madrid, winning the Spanish Cup. His contract is interesting, as he is likely to make about $4 million in 2014-15. If he were to come to Oklahoma City, the 6’6″ shooter would be looking to make about mid-level exception money.
In his four seasons in the NBA, Fernandez was a solid role player with the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets. His best season was his rookie campaign in 2009-09, where he averaged 10.4 points a game. Overall, he’s shot 36 percent from deep in his four years, averaging about nine points and two assists a game.
This would be a great move by Sam Presti. The Thunder aren’t necessarily shooting the ball well from three this year, and Fernandez could play about five to ten minutes a game and hit a shot or two. Oklahoma City does in fact have two roster spots available and some money to spend.