The results, at least for this season, of the Jared Dudley trade are in.
The Clippers swapped Dudley and a lottery-protected first-round pick for their own 2015 second rounder and the ability to sign three of Ekpe Udoh, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Hedo Turkoglu and Joe Ingles.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
Ingles, a 6-foot-8 forward, earned this contract while playing for Australia in the World Cup. He’s a real shot maker – going 23-for-33, including 6-for-9 on 3-pointers, in the tournament.
This gives the Clippers 16 players, and since I’m guessing Ingles required a guaranteed contract to jump to the U.S., DeAndre Liggins probably won’t last past the preseason. The Clippers also run out of room for Ray Allen.
Was all this worth dumping a first rounder? I’d say no. Udoh, Douglas-Roberts, Turkoglu and Ingles are all nice value for minimum salaries, but they’re still minimum-salary players who don’t really move the needle. And don’t forget, the Clippers now have $950,000 dead-weight cap hit each of the next five seasons.