The Thunder have two roster spots available, and some cash to spend under the tax. If they’re not going to be trade deadline players, they’re very likely to bring someone else into the mix. And there’s a report that it could be Rudy Fernandez. Via HoopsHype:
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.
Here’s a catch to this though, as noted by HoopsHype: Fernandez’s deal with Real Madrid has him making $4 million in 2014-15, so if he’s coming to back to the NBA, he’s going to have to be well paid. And using their mid-level exception would put the Thunder into the luxury tax, something I very much can’t see them doing this season.
Fernandez spent four years in the NBA playing with Portland and Denver, averaging 9.1 points and 2.2 assists. He was a solid perimeter shooter, hitting 36 percent from 3.