A Rudy Fernandez trade proposal has been rejected by the New York Knicks. It’s the latest Rudy Fernandez trade rumor, but this one was confirmed by the New York Daily News. According to the Daily News, Portland put together a three-way trade that would involve the Knicks and the Indiana Pacers. The trade would involve Fernandez going to New York, Anthony Randolph heading from the Knicks to the Pacers, and a first-round pick going from Indiana to Portland. It’s pretty obvious why Indiana would want that trade, but Knicks president Donnie Walsh stepped in and killed the deal.
Killing this deal could be the smartest thing that Walsh has done this offseason, because while Fernandez would be a nice fit as the starting shooting guard in New York, he certainly isn’t worth losing Randolph. Right now Randolph is a huge asset for the New York Knicks, and the young power forward could easily become a double-double player if given enough playing time in the coming seasons. The Knicks just pried him away from the Golden State Warriors in an offseason trade for center David Lee, and recently Randolph has been thrust into numerous trade rumors for much better players than Fernandez.
Nearly all of the Carmelo Anthony trade rumors that involve the New York Knicks have Randolph getting sent to the Denver Nuggets as part of a package deal. While these are certainly only rumors, because Denver won’t even confirm that they are shopping Anthony, it shows how important it would be for the Knicks to hold on to assets like Randolph just in case they do get the chance to trade for Anthony. Sure, Fernandez would be nice to have in New York, but Anthony would be a much bigger acquisition, and the Knicks don’t lose anything by just waiting to see how the situation is going to play out over in Denver.
Portland only wants a first round draft choice in exchange for Fernandez at this point it seems, and that could eliminate New York from the final trade “equation” if they don’t budge on their stance of not giving Randolph up in this manner. So be it, because the Knicks need to hang on to their young and talented players while they try to rebuild, if for no other reason than because they are so cheap to keep on the roster. There are much better deals out there to be had that don’t involve bringing on the troubled Fernandez, and Walsh just made a brilliant move by having the Knicks not even do anything at all.