As the wait for Kawhi Leonards decision continues, the Lakers have started to give out veteran minimum deals. The latest signing is free-agent forward Jared Dudley, who played for the Brooklyn Nets last year. The Lakers will be hoping to attract ring chasers, and he is the first to hop on board.
Jared Dudley went on ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski “Woj Pod” and gave some reasons on why he chose to sign with the Lakers:
“But for me, I’m still picking LeBron. Everyone knows it goes through him when he has the right pieces. Adding Anthony Davis, and we’ll see what happens with Kawhi, but if the deal happens, it was something that later in my career I couldn’t pass up.”
If the Lakers are successful in creating this dynastic trio, they will depend on guys like Dudley to decide to play here for the minimum. LeBron James went to eight straight finals before last season with the Lakers, and his two potential teammates could both be in the conversation for a top-five player in the league. It is not difficult to see why Dudley would see this as a great opportunity to grab a ring. He is also a respected veteran around the league that fills both positions of need in shooting and defense. The Lakers could have a lot of young guys to fill out the roster, where he would be the perfect mentor for as well.
The Lakers should obviously wait for Leonards decision no matter how long it takes, but sooner or later they will need to start filling out their roster. Free agents are dropping like flies off the market, so signing Dudley and sharpshooter Troy Daniels earlier in the week is at least a good start.