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article imageNBA: Mavs acquire Rudy Fernandez in draft day trade

By John Louie S. Ramos     Jun 24, 2011 in Sports
Newly crowned NBA champions, the Dallas Mavericks beefed up their roster in a draft day trade, Thursday, giving up their draft picks in exchange of Portland Trail Blazers' shooting guard Rudy Fernandez.
Fresh from winning their first championship in franchise history, the Mavericks front office wasted no time in gearing up for their title defense. The Mavericks, who own the 26th and 57th overall picks in this year's draft, gave up their draft picks to the Denver Nuggets and the Trail Blazers.
The Nuggets selected Jordan Hamilton with the 26th pick while the Trail Blazers used the 57th pick to draft Congo's Tanguy Ngombo.
Associated Press sportswriter Jaime Aron reports that the deal had been "discussed for a while, heating up in the last few days." Fernandez, who is a teammate of the Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol and Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio in the Spanish national basketball team, has been demanding a trade since last year.
Fernandez played his first three seasons with the Trail Blazers. In 218 regular season games, Fernandez has averaged 9.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per game while playing a backup role to Brandon Roy and later to Wesley Matthews.
The versatile Spanish guard joins an already loaded Mavericks guard roster along with Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, DeShawn Stevenson and J.J. Barea. Fernandez is expected to play an important role, off the bench, for the defending champions.
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