The Blazers were supposed to have a logjam at small forward last year, when Travis Outlaw and Martell Webster were expected to battle with rookies Rudy Fernandez and Nic Batum for minutes. But then Webster — the one initially penciled in to start — suffered a broken foot that pretty much forced him to miss the entire season, and everything somehow worked out fine.
This offseason, it’s about to get even more congested. Webster is getting healthy, the other SF’s are still on the roster, and now Hedo Turkoglu could be introduced into the mix. The Blazers have been reported to be the team most aggressively pursuing Hedo, and the interest appears mutual.
But that’s not sitting well with everybody. According to an ESPN report, Fernandez is so upset by the prospect of Turkoglu being brought in, he’s saying he’d rather play in Europe next season. Fernandez isn’t a free agent, but he’s apparently been getting informal offers from teams in Greece, Spain and Russia. He’d have to be released by the Blazers in order to go overseas, but there’s always the possibility of a trade if he’s going to throw off the chemistry of a team that could contend for a title.