The Oklahoma City Thunder may be interested in former Portland Trail Blazer and Denver Nugget Rudy Fernandez, according to a report.
The fantastic run may have a downside for Real, though. The strong play of the team’s stars has not gone unnoticed in the NBA. With Nikola Mirotic, the tournament MVP, already widely presumed to be leaving for Chicago next season, now comes news of renewed interest in Rudy Fernandez from the States, with Oklahoma City being one of the teams inquiring about his contract situation, according to a source.
Fernandez’s deal with Real Madrid would have him making a little over $4 million in 2014-15. According to Hoops Hype, Fernandez would be looking for a mid-level deal if he were to return to the NBA.
The Thunder have a few salaries coming off the books next season in Thabo Sefolosha ($3.9 million) and Derek Fisher ($1.4 million). The remaining salaries for the Thunder will total around $67.9 million and that is not including any rookies the Thunder may draft. The luxury tax this season is $71.7 million and may increase slightly next year.
It wouldn’t be too difficult for the Thunder to get creative to acquire Fernandez. The fit would be a pretty good one too I think.
Fernandez last played in the NBA in the 2011-12 season. In his four year career, Fernandez averaged 8.6 points and shot 36.0 percent from the three-point line.
Fernandez will be 29 next season and could be a good replacement for Sefolosha if the Thunder part ways with him.
The added three-point shooting of Fernandez would be more than welcomed by the Thunder. Especially if a Sefolosha departure means Jeremy Lamb becomes a starter. The Thunder will definitely be looking to increase their bench scoring if Lamb becomes a starter.
A lot of what will happen next year will have a lot to do with how far the Thunder go this season. If they win the title, maybe Sefolosha re-signs on the cheap. If they don’t get to the Finals, maybe the Thunder become that much less interested in Thabo.
And then there’s the potential for the Thunder to make a move at the trade deadline next week. There’s already been rumors out there that Thabo might be a player the Thunder could move.
When it comes down to it, if the Thunder are looking at adding a mid-level player next season, I think Fernandez could be one of the best fits. His NBA career has been somewhat inconsistent but he is an elite deep range shooter and should be able to easily blend in with what the Thunder do.