Portland's Fernandez fined for public trade request

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The NBA fined Portland Trail Blazers swingman Rudy Fernandez $25,000 on Thursday for public statements considered detrimental to the league after local media quoted his agent as saying he wanted a release from his contract.

Fernandez, a first round pick of the Phoenix Suns in the 2007 NBA Draft, averaged 8.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2 assists last season with Portland, off slightly from his rookie campaign when he averaged 10.4 points.

The league said in a short statement that the fine was related to the Spaniard's desire to be traded or released by the Trail Blazers with two years remaining on his contract.

(Writing by Frank Pingue; Editing by Ian Ransom)