A year ago, former Boston College star Jared Dudley was part of a three-team deal that saw the San Diego native shipped off to the Los Angeles Clippers. A year later and Dudley is on the move once again.
The Los Angeles Clippers have traded Jared Dudley and a 2017 protected first round draft pick to the Milwaukee Bucks for Carlos Delfino, Miroslav Radujica and a 2015 second round pick. The Clips had high hopes for Dudley, who came to Los Angeles along with J.J. Redick, but he struggled through the worst shooting season of his career. L.A. had been trying to deal Dudley since last season's trading deadline.
With the move, the Clippers free up some cap space as Dudley had two years and $8.5 million left on his contract. Dudley is owed $4.25 million this season and has an early termination option for 2015-16, meaning he could very well be on the move again next offseason.
Dudley took to Twitter to thank the Clippers organization.
I just wanna thank the clippers organization for everything.. It was a privilege to play for them.. I only ... http://t.co/htSNdaOkMG— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) August 26, 2014
Here's the reaction from SB Nation's Milwaukee Bucks blog Brew Hoop on the pickup.
What Dudley will bring the Bucks isn't entirely clear, as the 29-year-old saw his numbers hit the skids somewhat in his first season in LA. after developing into a quality rotation player for the Suns. Though he stlll connected at a very respectable rate from deep (36.0% overall, 42.2% corner threes), Dudley's free throw rate evaporated (58 attempts in over 1700 minutes), his scoring efficiency dipped from excellent (true shooting marks of 58% to 61% the previous four seasons) to about average (54.1%), and his minutes shriveled with competition from the likes of J.J. Redick and Matt Barnes.
How he'll fit into the Bucks' crowded wing rotation isn't entirely clear at this point, and it's always possible he ends up elsewhere before the season starts. The most obvious concern would be that his arrival cuts into time for someone like Khris Middleton, though his ability to space the floor could also make life easier for younger Bucks like Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
A first-round (22nd overall) pick of the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2007 NBA Draft, Dudley is now on his fourth NBA franchise in eight pro seasons. After spending his first year and a half in the league with the Bobcats, Dudley was shipped off to Phoenix where he started in 126 games in five seasons for the Suns. He saw action in 81 games with the Clippers last season, but shot a career low 43.8% from the field.