Tuesday, July 1, 2008
The Rudy wait is over
It's finally official. It has been alluded to many times that Rudy Fernandez would indeed sign on to play in Portland starting in '08-'09, but until there's a signature on the dotted line, nothing is for guaranteed.
Now it is.
On the first day new players were allowed to sign contracts, Spanish guard Rudy Fernandez, the 24th selection in the 2007 NBA Draft, agreed to terms with the Trail Blazers.
“I am so excited about joining the Trail Blazers and the NBA,” said Fernandez. “The whole staff did a tremendous job making me feel like a very important team member to them and made me forget about the economic issues because of the rookie scale.
“My dream has been to play in the NBA and Portland is giving me this opportunity. I was amazed about everything that Mr. Allen, Kevin Pritchard, Coach McMillan and the rest of the guys did to show me how much they wanted me. Brandon Roy, Greg Oden, LaMarcus Aldridge, I can't wait to play with them. We will do nice things!”
Nice things indeed.
Rodolfo, aka Rudy, will be wearing No. 5, the same number he wore with the Spanish National Team and DKV Joventut Badalona. If you're ready to declare your Rudy Ferandez fan-dom, you can already buy his adult jersey here and his youth jersey here. International shipping is available for all of you Spanish Fernandez fans.