Another fixture of the Los Angeles Lakers for the past few years seems to be moving elsewhere. According to Marc Stein, Jared Dudley and the Dallas Mavericks are in “advanced discussions” on an assistant coaching position alongside Jason Kidd. Kidd was Frank Vogel’s top assistant with the Lakers until being hired as the Mavs’ new head coach.
Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes was the first to report that the Lakers may not bring back the veteran forward after two seasons with the franchise. The purple and gold still have three open roster spots, with one expected to remain empty into the regular season for maximum flexibility.
A 13-year veteran, Dudley was revered in the Lakers’ locker room for his presence as a mentor and teammate. Younger players like Kyle Kuzma credited the one-time champion for helping their growth while the stars, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, seemed to appreciate his ability to keep them accountable for their mistakes, as well.
This news seems to signal an end to Dudley’s playing career which spanned across seven organizations, most notably the Suns and the Lakers with whom he won his only championship ring.
Jared Dudley maintained during exit interviews that he would return to the team for a third year to chase another title but it seems as though the franchise has decided to move on from the 36-year-old as they finalize their roster.