Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/28/11
A source close to Rudy Fernandez says the Dallas Mavericks guard intends to return to the NBA once the league and players' union ratify the new collective bargaining agreement.

That refutes an earlier report suggesting that Fernandez was prepared to remain with Real Madrid for the remainder of the season.

Fernandez, who was acquired by the Mavericks in a June trade with Portland, has been torn between remaining in the NBA and staying in his native Spain. Real Madrid offered him a six-year deal in the offseason, but he turned it down.

Fernandez opted to join the Spanish club during the lockout - signing a four-year deal with the team - but remains noncommittal on whether he will stay with Dallas beyond this season or return to Real Madrid.

The 26-year-old averaged 8.6 points, 2.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 78 games last season.
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