Why Rudy makes Sense...
With an off-season like few others that have ever been seen in NBA History the Kings small-market team has been rather quite on the free-agency scene. I've followed the Kings closely for the past twenty some odd years and while being a fan win, lose, or tie (I know the NBA doesn't do ties) I have always tried to keep a realistic sense of things in sports as a whole. No i'm not the trade happy or free-agent flash signing type of fan(s) that are out there and refuse to add logic to their suggestion but more so a true fan of sport and the intangibles that make players and teams great that usually is seen by those who have played the sport. That being said I would like my fellow Kings fans and others to take a look a player move that makes sense and may be do-able and give me your suggestion on if you would try it or not.
While it's no big secret that Geoff Petri is one of the most play it close to the vest GM's in the League and that few if any have any true idea of what he may be looking at as far a roster moves you have to at least think the Great Petri has had a crossing thought of acquiring the talented swingman. If you recall the Kings have held true to this year's off-season motto of not over spending in free agency (see Pooh Jeter and Antonie Wright signings) to fill depth needs that they stated must be addressed. Those needs being adding another ball-handler, outside shooting, and guard depth.
Enter Rudy Fernandez...
Rudy Fernandez who has been a fan favorite in Portland has voiced his desire to be dealt or return to his native Spain if he is not. While this may be feuled by money or contractual issues many believe its behind a lack of a clear definition of his role with the team. Many would assume that once Martel Webster was dealt during the draft that opened the door for Rudy to take those 6th man minutes that opened up with his departure. At least until Luke Babbitt was drafted. With Nicolas Batum expected to have an even bigger role this year and Luke Babbitt being coveted by the team for his versitility where they fill he can play a big 2-guard, 3, or small 4 Rudy's role has became a little foggy as to what he actually will be.
The Kings who are being tabbed as one of the young talented teams on the rise are still at a point where talent acquistion is a big need and Rudy if nothing else has shown he is a legitimate NBA talent. Stats can often be misleading when evaluating a player especially when his minutes aren't consistant due to a talent logjam at his position. Rudy has shown a consistant outside shot even with a decrease in his 3pt percentage last season. His ability to play up-tempo and in the half court along side a big ball dominate guard (Brandon Roy) makes him an Ideal pairing for Tyreke and his skill set. But what makes him most intriguing to me is the fact he would be a capable starter at the 2-guard and allow for an even deeper bench featuring two starting worthy guards in Beno and Cisco or can come off the bench and play with either. Period point blank he allows for versitility in the line-up. While his defense still needs some work he has plenty of time to continue to develope in that area (25 years old).
So what do the Kings have to offer for him? Well in not giving up too much you have a few options, the best in my eyes with the newest acquistions would be packaging Antoine Wright (who they may not even want if he decided to sign with Sac meaning low value) and a pair of 2nd round picks. But if they would like more package Wright with a future 1st rounder (and by future I mean 3 to 4 years out). Given there may be much better offers on the table from contending teams the potential growth he has with an up and comer may outweight a reserve role with another team where starting may never be an option for him. Kings faithful what are your thoughts?