Trail Blazers to sign Spanish guard Fernandez
NEW YORK - Spanish guard Rudy Fernandez has reached an agreement to sign with the Portland Trail Blazers, the NBA team's general manager said on Tuesday.
Fernandez, 23, acquired by Portland in a 2007 Draft day deal with Phoenix who took him with the 24th overall pick, played the past seven seasons for DKV Joventut Badalona in the Spanish ACB League and is a member of Spain's national team.
"We are thrilled to finally have Rudy Fernandez in a Trail Blazers jersey," general manager Kevin Pritchard told the team Web site (www.nba.com/blazers).
"Rudy is a tremendously talented player who has achieved great things in Spain and Europe. His work ethic and character will fit well with the culture we've created here, and we're very excited to get him on the floor after the Olympics."
Fernandez averaged 21.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.2 steals last year in his best professional season.
"I am so excited about joining the Trail Blazers and the NBA," said Fernandez. "My dream has been to play in the NBA and Portland is giving me this opportunity."
"Brandon Roy, Greg Oden, LaMarcus Aldridge, I can't wait to play with them," he said about his new team mates. "We will do nice things!"
Fernandez will become the eighth Spaniard to play in the NBA and the third for the Trail Blazers, following Fernando Martin (1986-87) and Sergio Rodriguez (from 2006).