Visa issues are indeed keeping Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Rudy Fernandez in Spain for the moment, but Mavs assistant general manager Keith Grant said the necessary paperwork is being processed and the hope is that Fernandez will be on a plane bound for Dallas on Friday and at practice Saturday.
The problem is with Fernandez's P1 entertainment visa, which is a non-immigrant visa that allows foreign nationals who are athletes, artists and entertainers to enter into the U.S. for a specific event, competition or performance -- or in this case, the NBA season. Fernandez's visa still listed his employer as the Portland Trail Blazers, the team in which he spent his first three seasons in the league before the Mavs traded for him in the June draft.
Once Fernandez's revised visa is approved, he'll pick it up at the consulate and be on his way to Dallas, Grant said. The Spaniard has been playing for Real Madrid during the lockout.
The Mavs open training camp Friday.