Jared Dudley SG/SF WAS 1 week ago

Washington Wizards forward Jared Dudley is expected to miss 3-to-4 months after undergoing surgery Tuesday to repair a herniated disc, according to the team's official website. Dudley is expected to contribute off the bench for the Wizards after being acquired from the Milwaukee Bucks, but he could miss the start of the regular season as he recovers.

Jared Dudley SG/SF WAS 3 weeks ago

Dudley expects play power forward off the bench this season, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports.

Dudley isn't a stranger to moonlighting as a stretch-4, having done so the previous season with the Bucks. The arrangement worked well during the postseason with now departed Paul Pierce, and Dudley could be in line for increased fantasy value playing alongside John Wall, the league's preeminent three-point creator. Dudley's a career 40 percent three-point shooter, and he should have plenty of wide-open looks this season. However, his value will still be capped due to coach Wittman's mid-range mentality. The Wizards attempted 16.8 three-pointers per game last season, the fourth-worst mark in the NBA.

Jared Dudley SG/SF WAS 1 month ago

Dudley will be dealt to the Wizards for a trade exception and future second-round pick, ESPN reports.

The Wizards own a pair of trade exceptions -- $4.6 million and $2.3 million -- meaning Dudley's $4.25 million deal will fit nicely into the former. Following the loss of Paul Pierce to the Clippers, Washington was in need of a veteran presence and additional depth on the wing, and Dudley represents both factions. In 72 games with the Bucks last season, Dudley averaged 7.2 points (on 47 percent shooting), 3.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.0 three-pointers in 24 minutes.

Jared Dudley SG/SF WAS 1 month ago

Dudley opted into his contract for next season Tuesday, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.

Dudley was thought to be leaning toward returning to Milwaukee, and he'll do so for $4.25 million next season. The veteran emerged as a key role player for a surprising Bucks team last season, and he figures to return in a similar role as a utility player, of sorts, off the bench.

Jared Dudley SG/SF WAS 3 months ago

Dudley appeared in 72 games for the Bucks this season, averaging 7.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in 23.8 minutes per game while shooting 46.8 percent from the floor.

Dudley, who was traded to Milwaukee from the Clippers in the offseason, may not have made a massive statistical impact, but by all accounts he played a major role in the league's biggest turnaround story. The epitome of a role player, Dudley played and defended several positions throughout the year and served primarily as a catch-and-shoot threat on the offensive end. The Boston College product peaked before the All-Star break, averaging 12.1 points on 59.8 percent shooting (56.5% 3Pt) over a 12-game span in which the Bucks went 9-3. He came back down to Earth after the break, however, as nagging knee and back injuries began to limit his effectiveness. Dudley sat out six games in mid-March and rested the final two games of the regular season in hopes of returning at full strength for the playoffs. While he logged double-digit minutes in all six postseason contests, Dudley was mostly ineffective, averaging 6.7 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. He was one of only a couple Bucks players to shoot efficiently, however, as he connected on 8-of-14 three-point attempts. Dudley enters the offseason with a decision to make. Holding a $4.25 million player option for next season, the soon-to-be-30-year-old said he's unsure whether he'll exercise the option or seek a longer term deal in Milwaukee or elsewhere. The veteran last spoke to the media on May 1, when he said he believes there is an "80-to-90 percent chance" he returns to the Bucks.

Jared Dudley SG/SF WAS 3 months ago

Dudley said Thursday that there is a "80-90 percent chance" he returns to the Bucks next season, Andrew Gruman of Fox Sports Wisconsin reports.

The ball is currently in Dudley's court, as he holds a $4.25 million player option for next season. Dudley is currently unsure if he'll exercise the option, but even if he doesn't, there appears to be a considerable amount of optimism that he and the Bucks would be able to work out a new, longer-term deal. The veteran was an integral part of the Bucks resurgence, but he turns 30 in July and dealt with lingering knee and back issues this season.

Jared Dudley SG/SF WAS 3 months ago

Dudley has been quiet through the Bucks' first two playoff games.

Dudley played 17 minutes in Game 1 and only 12 in Game 2, and he hasn't been much of a factor for the Bucks, who could desperately use his outside shooting ability. Dudley is a combined 2-of-8 from the field (1-4 3Pt) while adding 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals. He'll likely continue to see limited minutes off the bench for the remainder of the series.

Jared Dudley SG/SF WAS 3 months ago

Dudley took part in a full practice Thursday, CF Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Dudley rested the final two games of the regular season, but after going through a full practice Thursday there is no reason to believe he won't be available Saturday, as expected. Though he started one game in place of Giannis Antetokounmpo down the stretch, Dudley will likely come off the bench against the Bulls.

Jared Dudley SG/SF WAS 4 months ago

Dudley will rest Wednesday against the Celtics.

With the six seed already locked up, Dudley will rest for the second straight game. He's dealt with back issues throughout the second half of the season, but the expectation is that he'll be ready for the Bucks' first round series, which will kick off Saturday or Sunday.

Jared Dudley SG/SF WAS 4 months ago

Dudley will not travel to Philadelphia with his team.

This essentially rules Dudley out for the game Monday, which makes sense considering the Bucks cannot improve or lose their seed during the final two games of the season. Expect Dudley to return to the lineup for the Bucks' final game at home against the Celtics.