During his recent appearance on “The Lakers Nation Podcast,” Dudely allowed for the possibility that he won’t be brought back, but also made his case for a roster spot. “You never know what (the future) holds, but it’s just such a perfect marriage between me and the Lakers. It’s a championship team, and you need veteran experience on the bench. I’m in the later part of my career where it’s like having another coach on the bench, but at the same time if you look at the analytics side — if you’re big into analytics — you look at my plus-minus, you look at my defensive rating, offensive rating when I’m in there, I can still play. “Now, on this team I don’t need to because we have better players than me, but for a team that is going to miss guys throughout the year through resting, through whatever, potentially corona, it’s good to have vets towards the end to be able to help out.”
“I would love to be back with the Lakers. In the back of my mind I expect it, but you just never know how business goes. I mean, I thought I could have gone back to Brooklyn (last summer). Brooklyn offered me, but I chose the Lakers instead. I wanted to go to the Lakers, but I didn’t know if the Lakers wanted me. So stuff happens at the end, but I’m from California, we just won a championship, you would think that not only myself, but the Lakers, they want to bring back most guys. Sometimes it’s a business, you try to improve the team, but when it comes to the chemistry we had, you don’t want to mess too much with it.”
With that final career milestone out of the way, Dudley, 35, could just call it a career like many players in his position have. Dudley’s not ready, though. In fact, during a recent appearance on “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” the 13-year veteran — who will be a free agent this summer — started campaigning for his return to the Lakers: “For one, I’m coming back. Listen, I’ll go to Rob Pelinka’s front door and knock on the door. I’m coming back. They need me on the backside of the bench and practices.”
Alex Kennedy: Jared Dudley on joining Lakers: "This is something I've been contemplating. I'd be getting a chance to compete for a championship, which is something I haven't had since the Steve Nash [Suns] days. I just think that being home and with that Laker brand, what's better than that?"
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.
Alex Kennedy: Jared Dudley confirms that he signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, as @Adrian Wojnarowski reported. He is excited to go home to California and can't wait to play alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
As the team explores the market to fill the rest of its bench, veteran fan favorite Jared Dudley remains interested in re-signing with the Nets, a league source told The Athletic.
Chris Mannix: Free agent forward Jared Dudley met with the Detroit Pistons this evening, league source told @SInow. Dudley was a key role player in Brooklyn last season.
Michael Scotto: In addition to the expected additions of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan and Garrett Temple, Jared Dudley remains interested in re-signing with the Nets, a league source told @TheAthleticNYC. Dudley was a strong locker room presence for Brooklyn last season.
Free agency begins July 1 and there is already one player interested in joining the Celtics. Former Boston College swingman Jared Dudley, who enjoyed a solid bounce-back year for the Brooklyn Nets as a team leader, agitator, and 3-pointer shooter, is interested in returning to his college city to play for the Celtics, according to a league source. Dudley turns 34 in July and played in 59 games for the Nets, starting 25. He shot 35.1 percent from the 3-point line, his worst clip since his rookie season but still respectable.
The Suns signed forward Jared Dudley, a nine-year NBA veteran who played five of those seasons in Phoenix, to a multiyear contract on Friday. “We are excited to welcome Jared back to the Phoenix Suns family,” said General Manager Ryan McDonough. “Jared’s work ethic, professionalism and knowledge of the game will provide a great example for our young players to try to emulate.”
Marcin Gortat: Gzzzzz im gonna miss @JaredDudley619 dimes!!:.... But hey man ! I'm happy for u! U have to take that Jared Dudley: Thank you brotha!! You had the best hands of any big man I ever played with! U made it easy for me!
Jared Dudley: Man!! You made it easy for me!! I owe you! What gift should I buy John?!!!!! - RT: John Wall: Happy for my guy congrats!!
An NBA source told azcentral sports Friday night that Dudley has agreed to sign with the Suns for a three-year, $30 million contract. The money is fully guaranteed and the contract carries the same terms that Dudley's Suns predecessor, Mirza Teletovic, accepted Friday from Milwaukee.
J. Michael Falgoust: Dudley wanted best deal available. Just told me via text that aside from 1 phone call, was never made offer by Wiz #WizardsTalk @CSNWizards
Adrian Wojnarowski: Jared Dudley has reached a 3-year, $30M deal with Suns, sources tell @The Vertical.
Jody Genessy: I've been told Dudley definitely wants more than two years. twitter.com/DaveKingNBA/st…
Tony Jones: The Utah Jazz will have a second meeting with free agent forward Jared Dudley today, League sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune
Alex Kennedy: Wizards were first team to call Jared Dudley after free agency started, per sources. They want him back; other teams trying to pry him away.
Tony Jones: The Utah Jazz met with free agent forward Jared Dudley tonight, league sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune
Jody Genessy: Who said free agents don't want to sign in Utah? First, @Jared Dudley flirted. Now Miloš Teodosić. (@Nikos Varlas) https://t.co/8uZoqLYdB0
Steve Kyler: OK... so now that we got @JaredDudley619 to 3yr/$26m... who wants to go 4 years for $36m? NOLA? Orlando? Miami? Jared Dudley: Let me know :)
Through the course of the show Dudley and Russell hit on everything and anything, with a specific focus on the Celtics who the former made clear that he would love to join: "To be honest with you when you listen to people, a lot of these sports writers on your show are pretty accurate. I think I would be a pretty good fit for Boston in the sense that they need shooting. You can never have too much veteran leadership. They're a team that's obviously led by Brad Stevens who is a great coach and they've done well, but the key to a young team is developing that young talent. They have the number three pick here in the draft and you can never have (enough) people who know how to play the right way, know their role."
It was both pleasing and stunning to hear. Dudley was basically making a pitch to the C's about why he'd be a perfect fit to join Boston and came fully loaded with examples of the kind of impact he has had in a locker room in the past: "I think your reputation goes a long way, I think me playing in Milwaukee where a lot of players would dread going. To have a role player that embraces going to any situation, being professional... I went in and spoke to J.Kidd and told him he needs to start Giannis (Antetokounmpo). I don't know too many veterans who are doing that. He's the future, I know I'm not the future, I know I'm better serving that team off the bench...for this team to make that leap I knew he needed to start...staying on him at practice, the kid was only 19 years old...on teams that have a young team...they need to find good veterans...that will do more than their salary."
Ryan McDonald: Jared Dudley again mentions Utah here as a place that could use veteran leadership twitter.com/CelticsBeatFan…
Jared Dudley: I'm career 40% from 3 buddy! And every team I've ever played on would want me back twitter.com/DJRigatoni/sta…
Jared Dudley — a free agent who has said he’d like to return to Washington — was recently asked by Kevin Sheehan whether he sees the Wizards landing Durant this summer. “I realistically don’t,” Dudley said. “I hope for the fans they do, because he’s from there, and he would bring such excitement. They’d be right behind Cleveland, right there with them to be able to contend. I don’t see it though.”
Colby Giacubeno: Jared, I'm gonna need you to stop all this talk about going to different teams. You belong in Washington. - Jared Dudley: I love DC! But I'm open for anything!
@geraldyu14: Hey Jared Dudley you coming to the Rockets next month? Here you have coach Mike D'Antoni & the MVP you voted last season. pic.twitter.com/4AqnAFjLQ7 - Jared Dudley: Lol!!! You guys do need a new Shane Battier.
Yung: I know you hate them, but do you think the Lakers are on the brink of being a powerhouse in the league again? - Jared Dudley: I don't hate them! Lol... There about 2-3 yrs away. Need 1 big free agent to take the leap of faith.
Willie Armstrong: In looking for a new team next year, how important is the team being able to contend? Jared Dudley: Not at all! I can play for a young team or a vet team! Whoever wants you the most.
Hemp Guardiola: (Asking as a Knicks fan, but open to any answer but Rambis) Best available coach? Jared Dudley: Prob Frank Vogel.
“I thought I held my end of the bargain when it came to Ernie [Grunfeld] trading for me even though I was hurt at the time,” Dudley said after the Wizards’ season finale. “Going forward, I could definitely see me coming back. As I told some other reporters, I’m never anybody’s first or second or third option, I’m your fourth option. So if you don’t get your girlfriend you want right away, I’m the one at the end. For me, it’s no problem. You know what I can do in this system. When I play, I play the right way.”
Jared Dudley: My money on Thibs! - RT: R Fields: T-wolves still not making playoffs next year. Hard to improve 13-15 games on single season.
Jared Dudley: He's open to coming back as long as Wittman isn't the coach. But at this point in his career, Dudley wants to make the most money possible. That means he wants security, meaning years. Though he was the other player Wall said he wanted back, the guess here is Dudley walks.
Under-the-radar free agent: Jared Dudley, Washington. Dudley, 30, is the ultimate teammate and professional. Dudley and John Wall have kept Washington afloat during a tough period when injuries have ravaged the Wizards. More substance to his game than flash, the nine-year veteran has posted career bests of 47.5 percent shooting from 2-point range and 43.1 percent from 3 this season. He can play both wing positions and can even shift to PF if a team elects to go small. Dudley has not missed a game this season and has only missed 19 since 2011-12.
Jared Dudley: Are these rankings actually serious? HoopsHype: Updated: The top free agents of the 2016 class. http://wp.me/p5O7Gu-4dEH
September 26, 2021 | 6:15 am EDT Update
“The NBA should insist that all players and staff are vaccinated or remove them from the team,” NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells Rolling Stone. “There is no room for players who are willing to risk the health and lives of their teammates, the staff and the fans simply because they are unable to grasp the seriousness of the situation or do the necessary research. What I find especially disingenuous about the vaccine deniers is their arrogance at disbelieving immunology and other medical experts. Yet, if their child was sick or they themselves needed emergency medical treatment, how quickly would they do exactly what those same experts told them to do?”
Irving, who serves as a vice president on the executive committee of the players’ union, recently started following and liking Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who claims that “secret societies” are implanting vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for “a plan of Satan.” This Moderna microchip misinformation campaign has spread across multiple NBA locker rooms and group chats, according to several of the dozen-plus current players, Hall-of-Famers, league executives, arena workers and virologists interviewed for this story over the past week.
When asked directly about Irving’s vaccination status — or his plans to change it — multiple people familiar with his thinking declined to answer directly. But one confidant and family member floated to Rolling Stone the idea of anti-vaxx players skipping home games to dodge the New York City ordinance… or at least threatening to protest them, until the NBA changes its ways.
“There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I would like to think they would make a way,” says Kyrie’s aunt, Tyki Irving, who runs the seven-time All-Star’s family foundation and is one of the few people in his regular circle of advisors. “It could be like every third game. So it still gives you a full season of being interactive and being on the court, but with the limitations that they’re, of course, oppressing upon you. There can be some sort of formula where the NBA and the players can come to some sort of agreement.”
A spokeswoman for Irving declined to respond to a list of questions regarding his vaccination and playing status, and Irving did not immediately respond to a message from Rolling Stone. But as teams return to pre-season training camps next week, fifty to sixty NBA players have yet to receive a single vaccine dose, league sources tell RS. Most are considered merely reluctant skeptics. Some of the holdouts, however, amount to their own shadow roster of anti-vaxxers mounting a behind-the-scenes resistance to Covid protocols — and the truth.
Isaac considers un-vaxxed players to be vilified and bullied, and he thinks “it’s an injustice” to automatically make heroes out of vaccinated celebrities. He rejects the NBA’s proposal for a vaccine mandate and social distancing for players like him during team travel: “You can play on the same court. We can touch the same ball. We can bump chests. We can do all those things on the court. And then when it comes to being on the bus, we have to be in different parts of the bus? To me, it doesn’t seem logically consistent. “If you are vaccinated, in other places you still have to wear the mask regardless. It’s like, ‘OK, then what is the mask necessarily for?’” Isaac continues. “And if Kyrie says that from his position of his executive power in the NBPA, then kudos to him.”
Enes Kanter — the veteran center, devout Muslim and outspoken liberal — senses a creep of the religious right upon his workplace, which just happens to involve players like Isaac sweating all over him and yelling in his face: “If a guy’s not getting vaccinated because of his religion, I feel like we are in a time where the religion and science has to go to together,” he tells RS. “I’ve talked to a lot of religious guys — I’m like: ‘It saves people’s lives, so what is more important than that?’”
In their sit-down interview back in August, Durant and Green rehashed the incident and how it ultimately affected KD’s decision to leave the Warriors. Surprisingly, KD claimed it wasn’t the beef itself that pushed him away, but the way Steve Kerr, Bob Myers and the front office handled things. “It wasn’t the argument,” the former Warriors star said. “It was the way that everybody … Steve Kerr acted like it didn’t happen. Bob Myers tried to just discipline you and think that would put a mask over everything. I really felt that was such a big situation for us as a group, the first time we went through something like that. We had to get that s— all out.”