Report: Real Madrid has a Rudy Fernandez plan

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HoopsHype brings us the following from Mundo Deportivo (translation via Google Translate, and is rough):

Real Madrid has offered for Rudy to become the highest paid player in the history of the ACB. His proposal is for six seasons and yearly amounts would be close to 3 million euros. The club accepts that Rudy would return to the U.S. mid-season if the NBA lockout ends. In return, the Spaniard would return after completing the final year of his contract with Dallas.

via Florentino Perez has a dizzying bid to sign Rudy Fernandez.

So this is a pretty brilliant move by Real Madrid. Fernandez has been unhappy in Portland for years, getting over it during the course of the season last year. He was just traded to Dallas where he doesn’t know his role. Yes, they are the World Champions, but there aren’t other Spanish players there (though obviously international players are represented with Dirk Nowitzki, Ian Mahinmi, and Roddy Beaubois, along with Puerto Rican J.J. Barea). So Real Madrid makes a six year offer, enticing him to come over during the lockout, however long that lasts, and then once his NBA contract ends and he’s had his fill of the NBA, he comes back over and makes a ton of money off the bat.

If Fernandez accepts the offer, that’s a pretty “best of all worlds” kind of deal. He gets to finish his stint int he NBA playing for a World Champion, then go back to where he is revered in his home country and play for a ton of cash. This lockout’s working out pretty well for Rudy Fernandez.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook go head-to-head, literally (video)

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This sure didn’t look like just another game for Kevin Durant – and not only because the Thunder beat the Warriors for the first time since he left.

The 108-91 Oklahoma City victory didn’t look like just another game for Russell Westbrook (34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals), either.

Harrison Barnes banks in game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer (video)

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With the shot clock off in the fourth quarter and the game tied, Grizzlies big JaMychal Green put back Tyreke Evans‘ miss with a clutch flush. There’s a very fine line between ensuring the last shot and leaving time for an offensive rebound, and Memphis threated it almost perfectly.

Emphasis on “almost.”

The Grizzlies left the Mavericks 0.5 seconds, which Harrison Barnes used to bank in a 3-pointer – off a pinpoint bounce pass by Dennis Smith Jr. – to give Dallas a 95-94 win.

Heat snap Celtics’ 16-game winning streak

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The Celtics didn’t have another comeback in them.

After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.

The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.

Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.

The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.

Serge Ibaka gets dunked on by Enes Kanter, hit in face by ball (video)

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Is Enes Kanter mad Serge Ibaka rifted with his family?

(No, not this family. That family.)