The Oregonian (Joe Freeman) reports: Rudy Fernandez, a high-ceiling shooting guard with an accomplished international resume, announced his intentions to join the Blazers next season (2008-09) during a news conference Friday in Badalona, Spain, a promise that will net the team yet another talented young player. The 23 year-old 6-foot-6 Spaniard, whom the Blazers acquired in a draft-day trade with Phoenix last season, said he expects to join the team sometime after the upcoming summer Olympics, assuming the Spanish National Team he plays for is a competitor. “(The Blazers) have pushed hard for me to join them and have assured me I will be an important figure for them,” Fernandez said at the news conference, according to Reuters. “It wasn’t an easy decision to take but it is the time for a new challenge after a fantastic year with Joventut.”