Rudy Fernandez Signs With Real Madrid July 06, 2012 11:08
Rudy Fernandez is returning to Spain to play for European giants, Real Madrid, after playing, last season, in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets.
News of the deal started surfacing online on Wednesday, with reports saying he has signed a three year deal with the Spanish club.
Last season for the Denver Nuggets, Fernandez averaged 8.6 points, 2.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 22.9 minutes per game.
Rudy returns to Real, the team he played with last season during the NBA Lockout. While with them, he averaged 11.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 8 Euroleague games.
After news of Fernandez's intentions to join Madrid, he said, "I am very happy to be back with this club...I came back to win titles because this is what I want and what made me return to Europe. Winning titles makes a player grow. I expect good and bad times over the next three years. The plus that I give my teammates is that I am a winner and have experience in these competitions. I will keep working and getting better to help my team improve. Playing the Euroleague has a big impact in my decision. It is a competition that every player wants to win. I now have the luck to play in a team with a lot of tradition and that is a reference. I think we can win do it this season."
Fernandez also plays for the Spanish National Basketball Team that has previously won the 2006 World Championships, EuroBasket 2009 and EuroBasket 2011. Spain has also been runners up in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and in EuroBasket 2007. The 6'5'' guard will be a part of the National Team, as it attempts to win gold at this summers London Olympic Games.