NBA Rumors: Mavericks Close to Signing Key Lakers Veteran Jared Dudley

Published 08/24/2021, 12:35 PM EDT
Dec 13, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Jared Dudley (10) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers over the past few years have had a reputation for being an aging team in the NBA. Led by superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers often resort to signing veterans in a minimum deal to fill out their roster.

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It has been the same case this season as well. Bringing in Russell Westbrook in a massive trade, the Lakers have signed multiple ex-players like Dwight Howard to their roster. Despite making so many moves this off-season, the Lakers still have three roster spots left in their squad.

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Dallas Mavericks to sign former Lakers’ veteran

One of the key veterans in the Lakers’ side for the last two years has been Jared Dudley. While Dudley did not get regular playing time, he was an essential player in the locker room.

While it seemed the Lakers might have re-signed the 36-year-old, Dudley might be headed for a change in his role. According to NBA insider Marc Stein, the Dallas Mavericks are closing in on the veteran.

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According to Stein, the Lakers’ veteran is being pursued for a role as an assistant coach for Luka Doncic and Co. next season. Given that the Mavericks earlier this summer brought in Jason Kidd from the Purple and Gold, a deal for Dudley should not be a surprise for the Mavs fans.

With the duo spending majority of their time in the sidelines, Dudley and Kidd surely have a good relation in place. This move could prove to be a win-win for both sides. With Dudley as an assistant coach, the Mavs will have a much-needed vocal leader in the coaching staff.

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Given how important he was for LeBron James and Co. in the bubble despite not featuring on the court, Dudley is a brilliant signing as an assistant coach. As for the Lakers, they can utilise their remaining roster spots in a much better manner now.

Signing players who will feature on the court and make an impact, the Lakers can add depth to their side. Although the Purple and Gold will miss Dudley’s leadership, Frank Vogel and Co. will hope that the signed veterans can compensate for the same. What do you think of this move? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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