Is Jared Dudley still with the Lakers?

Is Jared Dudley still with the Lakers?

Jared Dudley may not play for the Lakers again this season, but there is reason to believe he will remain on the roster until the end. After all, he's still getting paid.

Dudley signed a one-year deal with the Lakers last summer after spending three seasons with the Boston Celtics. He was expected to be a key component in their defense, especially since Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin are known as a dynamic duo on that side of the ball. However, things did not work out as planned for Jared or the Lakers. He appeared in only 67 games (six starts) and averaged 1.7 points per game. The Lakers were also expecting him to provide some leadership after they lost Kobe Bryant to injury early in the season, but that role went to Nick Young instead.

Still, no one can blame Jared for not being able to live up to his $13 million contract because that's just how much money sports teams spend these days. And even if he had success on the court, someone else would have come along and taken his job anyway. The Lakers had many other options besides keeping Jared on the team this season, so it's safe to say he's not going anywhere.

As for what's next for Jared Dudley, we don't know.

Does Jared Dudley have a ring?

Jared Anthony Dudley (born July 10, 1985) is a retired American professional basketball player who last played for the National Basketball Association's Los Angeles Lakers (NBA). In 2020, he won an NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers.

He entered the league in 2004 as a first-round draft pick of the Phoenix Suns, and has since played for five other teams. As a Sun, he helped lead his team to the 2006 NBA championship. He also won championships with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and 2010. With the Los Angeles Clippers, he made the 2014 NBA Finals where they lost to the Miami Heat.

Dudley played college basketball for the University of Kentucky, where he was an All-American and the school's all-time leader in rebounds per game until Kevin Love broke that record in 2013. He also led the Wildcats to the 2009 NCAA Championship game before losing to Duke.

After going unselected in the 2003 NBA Draft, Dudley joined the Suns for the 2004 season. As a rookie, he averaged 7.4 points per game while playing only 22 minutes per game. The following year, he increased his playing time to 35 minutes per game and improved his scoring average to 12. He also started all 82 games for the Suns in both 2005 and 2006.

Can the Lakers get McGee back?

As Woike points out, McGee can only re-sign with the Lakers if he is moved to another team and then bought out by the team that traded for him. Having said that, the Lakers would be prudent to hold off on making a decision on their two remaining roster spaces until after the trade deadline.

There has been speculation that the Lakers could sign Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving in the offseason, but it's unclear how willing they would be to share the spotlight in Los Angeles. It's also possible that one or both of these players could end up with another team before the start of the season. In addition, there are other free agents this summer who might be worth considering including Andre Iguodala, Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder, and Amir Johnson.

Ultimately, the Lakers need to decide what kind of team they want to be this year. Do they plan to roll the dice and see what happens (like last year), or do they want to build up some depth and try to win now? Only they can answer that question, but it's clear that they aren't ready to make any moves just yet.

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