GM Rich Cho: Rudy Fernandez will not be released by Blazers


Thumbnail image for blazers_logo.pngRudy Fernandez may need to readjust his dreams back to being traded, because the Blazers are not letting him go to Europe.

In an interview on 1080 The Fan in Portland (transcribed by Blazers Edge), new General Manager Rich Cho made it as clear as he possibly could.

“We won’t release his rights.”

Without that Fernandez cannot return to Europe. So, what about trading him?

“I’ve talked to a lot of teams. I don’t want to get into specific trade talks. The whole Rudy issue is out there. I have been active in talking to a lot of teams.”

So Rudy can wait.

In the same interview, Cho continued the Blazers theme of saying Greg Oden is on schedule, but that schedule may not have him ready at the start of the season. He said that Oden is not yet playing in games.

Cho also said that Joel Przybilla is on a “November, December timeframe”

UNLV following Kentucky’s lead with combine for NBA scouts

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Kentucky held a two-day combine last season for NBA scouts.

Now, LSU and UNLV are following suit.

Rob Dauster of NBC Sports:

The Runnin’ Rebels will hold their event on October 23rd and 24th at the Mendenhall Center, UNLV’s practice facility, sources told The expectation is that all 30 NBA teams will be in attendance.

LSU has potential No. 1 pick Ben Simmons and another first-round prospect in Tim Quarterman.

UNLV features lottery prospect Stephen Zimmerman.

This won’t replace scouts attending games and watching practices, but the fact that all 30 teams plan to attend shows how seriously the pro league takes these. No college team wanted John Calipari to have that competitive advantage in recruiting, so the smart ones are leveling the field with their own combines. Soon, more college teams will follow.

As the calendar gets packed, NBA teams might have to pick and choose which they attend. At that point, we might get little clues about which prospects they’re scouting hardest.

Frank Kaminsky dancing is weirdly hypnotic (video)

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@fskpart3 steals the show at Fan Appreciation Day in Shanghai! #NBAGlobalGames

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I’m assuming Frank Kaminsky is fulfilling some type of rookie hazing ritual.

I also watched this way too many times.