Lakers sign Jared Dudley to veteran minimum deal

Jared Dudley
Apr 13, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley (6) reacts as he walks off the court after a victory against the Philadelphia 76ers in game one of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed their second player in free agency. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the team is signing veteran forward Jared Dudley to a veteran minimum deal.

Dudley’s one-year deal will be worth $2.6 million but it will not be completed until the team has used the rest of its $32 million in cap space.

Dudley spent last season with the Brooklyn Nets. He is the Lakers’ second signing after they gave another minimum deal to Troy Daniels.

Dudley has been a respected veteran around the league for some time and has spent most of the last few years playing a role as a mentor for younger players around the league.

He appeared in 59 games for the Nets last season (starting 25 of them) and averaged 4.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game. He shot 35.1 percent from behind the 3-point line, down a bit from his career average of 39.2 percent.

The Lakers are still waiting on news of Kawhi Leonard’s decision and have therefore lost out on some of the more coveted role players around the league. They are nonetheless handing out some contracts to players who can shore up their depth.

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