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.

Trail Blazers beat Suns by 48, biggest season-opening rout in NBA history

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Any controversy over C.J. McCollum‘s suspension for the season-opener should be put to rest. The Trail Blazers fared fine without him.

More than fine.

Portland beat the Suns, 124-76, Wednesday. The 48-point margin is the largest ever in a season opener, even as the Trail Blazers let a 58-point fourth-quarter lead dwindle.

Here are the most lopsided season-openers in NBA history (openers for both teams appearing twice):

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The 48-point defeat is also the Suns’ worst lost in franchise history, topping a 44-point loss to the Seattle SuperSonics in 1988. It could be a long year in Phoenix.

Marcus Smart and Matthew Dellavedova scrap (video)

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Marcus Smart and Matthew Dellavedova thrive on aggravating opponents, so when matched up, of course they aggravated each other.

Deduct points from Smart for pulling the hold-me-back charade behind a referee. Plus, Dellavedova’s Bucks beat Smart’s Celtics, 108-100.

Report: ‘Tremendous concern’ for Jeremy Lin’s knee injury

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The Nets’ projected record this season came under greater scrutiny when the Celtics traded Brooklyn’s unprotected first-round pick to the Cavaliers in the Kyrie Irving trade. After finishing third-to-last and last the previous two years, were the Nets poised to take a step forward, or would they convey a very high pick to the Cavs?

Jeremy Lin, who missed 46 games last season, getting healthy was a reason for optimism in Brooklyn and pessimism in Cleveland. But it appears the veteran guard could be out a while.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Billy Reinhardt of Nets Daily:

If the injury is as bad as feared, what a bummer for Lin. He came to Brooklyn expecting to play a leading role on a developing team, and he just can’t stay healthy.

The Nets were probably more focused on developing their younger players, but – especially without their own draft picks – there was no harm in shooting for the playoffs. This appears to a blow to that (already unlikely) dream.

It’s a boon to the Cavaliers, though. And whenever something significantly affects LeBron James‘ team, it has ramifications into the entire power dynamic of the Eastern Conference. For an injury to a player on a team most expect to be bad, the medical developments here will be tracked closely around the league.

Aaron Gordon throws himself alley-oop off backboard (video)

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Remember when Aaron Gordon was a promising fun player?

The Magic sidetracked him by playing him at small forward most of last season. But back at power forward, Gordon showed how he could push the pace as a four in Orlando’s season-opening win over the Heat.

There’s obviously flair in passing to yourself off the backboard, but it’s a sound way to improve position. Gordon did that to fantastic effect.