NEW YORK -- Rudy Fernandez received news from the Trail Blazers Friday. No, he hasn't been traded or released. To the contrary, the Blazers picked up the disgruntled swingman's fourth-year option, agent Andy Miller said.
Picking up the team option was basically a formality, given that the $2.2 million figure isn't high enough to be a prohibitive factor for potential trade suitors. The paperwork was hand-delivered to Miller Friday afternoon, hours before Fernandez suited up to play the Knicks in New York's home opener.
Miller had a brief meeting with Blazers GM Rich Cho and assistant GM Steve Rosenberry, but there is little movement on the trade front. Fernandez, who has publicly asked to be released from his contract so he can return to Spain and incurred several hefty fines as a result, appears to have resigned himself to the fact that he will be a Blazer for the foreseeable future.
Still, the detente between the sparring camps shouldn't be misread. Though Fernandez has been productive in 39 minutes off the bench in Portland's first two games, there is little reason to believe that he will suddenly fall in love with the idea of spending two more years in Portland. Though sources say no logical trade discussions are on the table, the calming of the rhetoric between Fernandez's camp and the Blazers should help create a more fertile atmosphere for a trade Portland might find attractive.