Lakers, veteran forward Jared Dudley agree to 1-year minimum deal

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe only thing he hasn’t done much of in his career is win: The furthest Dudley has ever gone in the playoffs is a conference finals run with the Suns in the 2010 playoffs, when they lost to the eventual champion Lakers.Because Dudley has played for more than 10 years, his minimum deal will be worth $2.6 million. The contract will not count against the Lakers’ cap space as they continue to seek a commitment from star free agent Kawhi Leonard. The Lakers are likely to sign several more minimum deals in the coming weeks to fill out their relatively bare roster.It’s only the second deal the Lakers have arranged so far in free agency: Guard Troy Daniels agreed to terms with the team on Monday.Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Seven months ago, then-Lakers head coach Luke Walton was frustrated to see his defense cracking against an NBA player who he thought shouldn’t be blowing past them.Now, the Lakers hope the same savvy that Jared Dudley brought as an opponent can translate to their own locker room next year.Dudley, who turns 34 later this month, agreed to a one-year minimum deal with the Lakers on Tuesday afternoon, according to his agency. The 6-foot-7 forward offers some 3-point shooting from the wing, but the more valuable trait could be his locker room and bench presence.A San Diego native, Dudley is widely viewed as one of the most outspoken players in the league, and perhaps one of the most engaging. He averaged just 4.9 points and 2.6 rebounds for the Nets last season, but he was viewed as a valuable veteran presence for the team. Dudley is also a career 39 percent 3-point shooter, a key strength in an area of weakness for the Lakers last season. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img

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