Over the weekend we told you about Real Madrid’s effort to entice Rudy Fernandez to come play in Spain. Which was a pretty smart move by the team, to try and lure him over during the lockout and be able to keep him in his native Spain, a place he said he wanted to return to play.
The only thing standing in his way is that pesky NBA contract he still has.
Fernandez told Spanish sports site Marca that he will honor his NBA deal (via Hoopshype). To play for Real Madrid next season would have required a letter of clearance from FIBA that he likely would not have gotten until it was clear the NBA season was fully cancelled (if it even gets to that).
Fernandez has been traded to the Dallas Mavericks. It’s a team he could find a rhythm with on the court as it is filled with veterans that fill a specific role on the team and do it well. Also, they have a number of international players (Dirk Nowitzki, Rodrigue Beaubois, Ian Mahinmi and J.J. Barea if they can re-sign him) even if none are from Spain.
Don’t be shocked if Fernandez bolts back to Europe after this season.
DeMarcus Cousins says Mavericks’ rumored interest flatters him, but he loves Kings
The Mavericks’ long-rumored interest in DeMarcus Cousins took its most direct public turn before the season, when Dallas signed Cousins’ brother, Jaleel Cousins. Jaleel is now on the Mavericks’ D-League affiliate, and I bet he will remain there as DeMarcus approaches 2018 free agency.
So, DeMarcus Cousins, what do you think about the Mavericks’ long-rumored interest in acquiring you?
“It’s flattering,” Cousins told me, with a laugh, after the Kings’ Wednesday shootaround at AAC. Then, turning serious, he added of the Mavericks, “I respect them.”
“But,” I said, “I’ve also heard that you like it in Sacramento.”
“No,” Cousins corrected, “I love Sacramento.”
Cousins is getting good at this, toeing the line between appreciating another team’s interest and expressing his satisfaction with the Kings.
And give Cousins credit. He keeps producing at a star level for a team that hasn’t provided him with the proper support. Sacramento again appears headed toward the lottery, even as Cousins averages 29-10.
Questions remain, though: How much of Cousins’ attitude is him trying to make the best of an inescapable situation, and will expanded options in the summer of 2018 test his loyalty?
LeBron James dunks, struts past camerapeople and toward crowd, spooks fan (video)
NEW YORK (AP) — Derrick Rose is missing the New York Knicks’ game against Cleveland because of lower back pain.
Rose left the Knicks’ victory over Miami on Tuesday in the third quarter with back spasms. Coach Jeff Hornacek says Rose still felt sore on Wednesday when he came in and met with team doctors, so they sent him for an MRI exam to make sure there was no structural damage.
Rose is averaging 16.7 points and this is the first game he’s missed this season.