Rudy Fernandez to the Knicks, not totally dead yet

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Thumbnail image for rfernandez_jumper.jpgRudy Fernandez went out Tuesday night and reminded everyone he can play — 15 points on 5 of 6 from three, plus five rebounds and three assists. Happy or not in Portland, he can contribute.

Word comes out of New York that the Knicks still have some interest in Fernandez, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

Two parts to this deal. First, the Knicks need to ask if they really need him, which depends on Wilson Chandler’s recovery. Against Milano on Sunday he played 22 minutes and knocked down 7 of 9 from the floor (1 of 2 from three) on his way to 17 points. Not a bad start, not bad at all.

If he is playing well, the Knicks desire to up the trade offer already rejected by Portland — Isola said the offer was “two future second-round picks in addition to one of the two players the Knicks picked in the second round in June – Andy Rautins or Landry Fields” — goes away.

Frankly, I don’t see Portland getting a better offer, particularly the middle-and-up first-round pick they are rumored to want.

Unless there is an injury and a team gets desperate, Fernandez may well stay in Portland for a while and everyone will have to grin and bear it.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.