Last weekend, European powerhouse Real Madrid won the Spanish Cup, the ACB's mid-season tournament, with a last-second shot by Rockets draftee Sergio Llull in the final vs. arch rival Barcelona. It was the 37th win in 38 games for Real Madrid, who's not just dismantling opponents in a weakened ACB but also in the Euroleague.
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.
Fernandez's deal with Real Madrid calls for him to make slightly above $4 million in 2014-15, when his contract comes to an end, so he'd probably be looking for mid-level exception money to consider an early return to the NBA.
Fernandez averaged 9.1 ppg and 2.2 apg in four years in the league with Portland and Denver.