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Rudy Fernandez, whining away the Wednesday

First seen on Hoopshype via a fanshot (which the author deleted...for some reason), Rudy Fernandez's agent says the Spaniard's experience in Portland has been less than ideal (peppering in the delusional: "he was at that point certainly the No. 1 player in Spain and one of the top players in the NBA"), and the relationship is irreparable:

"Portland and I have had numerous discussions, almost daily, on the situation, I think this situation is headed for a collision course because Rudy's perspective on where he wants to be and what he wants to do and how he wants to accomplish it is on the opposite of the spectrum from where Portland sees the situation."

And before we get too excited on him forcing a trade:

"The impression I'm getting more and more is that he's lost interest in playing in the NBA, quite frankly, It's my impression that Rudy would prefer to be in Europe rather than the NBA at this point."

Marc Spears at Yahoo! follows up on the non-trade angle, making it seem quite definite that Fernandez won't accept any new NBA team. Though he also notes that Fernandez can't sign a contract in Europe while under NBA contract, and the early comment from Blazers management that they won't simply release him.

And, of course, maybe this is just Fernandez and his people trying to force a trade after all, exerting some kind of leverage...as while he can't just leave, he can make things uncomfortable. Do the Bulls want someone who would do that, and someone who may actually have given up on the NBA? 

I'd still give it a shot, hoping that Fernandez could see the potential here in a team that needs his skills and has some minutes to spare at the wing (promises made to their new free agents notwithstanding). But Taj Gibson is definitely off the table.