Former Nets free-agent forward Jared Dudley and the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a one-year minimum deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Free agent Jared Dudley has agreed to a one-year, $2.6M deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2019
The 33-year-old Dudley will be joining his seventh franchise for his 13th NBA season. The Nets received Dudley last offseason in a trade with the Suns to help Phoenix save cap space. The veteran averaged 4.9 points and 2.6 rebounds for Brooklyn while being a mentor for the Nets’ young talent.
Dudley will get what he wanted, which is to be able to compete for a title and help contribute to a veteran roster. The Lakers, in return, get a capable shooter with plenty of experience to pair with LeBron James and newly acquired Anthony Davis on a minimum deal.
The Lakers should continue to be an active player in free agency while they look to replenish a roster that sent a lot out in the Davis deal. Even if they don’t get the splash signing in Kawhi Leonard, they will continue to add capable veterans on inexpensive deals to build what they believe will bring them back to an NBA championship.