Earlier this week, the Washington Wizards learned they would lose their veteran presence in the forward position when Paul Pierce announced he would sign with old coach Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers. They wasted no time in getting Pierce's replacement, acquiring former Boston College Eagle Jared Dudley from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for a future second round pick.
The deal cannot become official until July 9th, per NBA rules.
Dudley played one season for the Bucks, averaging 7.2 point and 3.1 rebounds last season with Milwaukee. He avoided free agency this week by exercising an option for a $4.25 salary, no doubt paving the way for him to be dealt to the Wizards when PIerce agreed to a three-year contract with LA.
Dudley, who is only 30, will give the Wizards that same veteran presence off the bench even though his numbers and career arc isn't the same as Pierce. In eight years in the league, Dudley's spent time with the Charlotte Bobcats, Phoenix Suns, and Clippers before moving to Milwaukee last season. The 2007 ACC Player of the Year, he was a first team All-ACC selection that same year.
In 2006, Dudley helped BC to 28 wins, a school record and a top 10 ranking in the final national polls. The Eagles advanced as far as the Sweet Sixteen as the #4 seed in the Minneapolis Regional, falling to Villanova, 60-59, in overtime. The next year, BC was a #7 seed in the East Regional with a 20-11 record, advancing to the Round of 32 before losing to Georgetown, 62-55.
Join us in wishing Jared Dudley the best of luck on his new era in the nation's capital!