Mavericks Acquire Rudy Fernandez, Draft Rights to Petteri Koponen From Portland

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  • For Immediate Release
  • June 23, 2011

DALLAS - The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have acquired guard Rudy Fernandez and the rights to Petteri Koponen from the Portland Trailbazers and will send the 26th overall selection Jordan Hamilton to Denver and the 57th overall pick Tnaguy Ngombo to Portland. Denver will acquire Andre Miller and Portland will acquire Raymond Felton in the deal.

Fernandez (6-6, 185) is a three-year veteran who was drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the 24th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. His draft rights, along with James Jones, were traded to Portland for cash considerations.

The Palma de Mallorca, Spain native has appeared in 281 career games (9 starts) with the Trailblazers and holds career averages of 9.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals in 24.1 minutes per game. As a rookie, Fernandez set an NBA record with 159 three-pointers and competed in the 2009 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest and the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge.

The 26-year old 94/4/85) shooting guard has seen action in 18 postseason games averaging 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists while shooting .423 from behind-the-arc. Sox of those postseason games came against the Mavericks in the opening round of the 2011 playoffs.

Koponen 96-4, 195) is a native of Helsinki, Finland and was originally the 30th overall selection of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Portland acquired the rights to Koponen from Philadelphia for the 42nd pick, Derrick Byars and cash considerations.

Koponen spent the 2010-2011 season playing for Solar Bologna in Itala. He competed in 33 games and averaged 12.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

"We could not be happier with the additions of Rudy Fernandez and Petteri Koponen," President of Basketball Operations Donnie Nelson said. "Rudy is an athletic, young, exciting player with significant upside. His international and postseason experience will prove to be very valuable. Petteri is a young combo guard who was a first round selection in 2007 and is developing nicely in Europe."