Jared Dudley is SO outspoken.
Dudley drew an audience by playing 14 years in the NBA – mostly in two stints with the Suns but also for Charlotte, the Clippers, Bucks, Wizards, Nets and Lakers.
Now, it appears the playing chapter of his career is closing.
The Mavericks are in advanced discussions to hire 14-year NBA veteran Jared Dudley as an assistant coach, league sources say.
Dudley spent the last two seasons as a key locker-room voice with the Lakers and won a championship in 2020.
More NBA from me: https://t.co/LGN9cVpeGP
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 24, 2021
Dudley confirmed that he is stepping away to become a coach in Dallas.
I been preparing this moment for a long time! From deep talks With Nash, Hill, Shaq, Bron, Booker, Beal, AD, Giannis the list goes on.. Very excited to Join the MAVS and JKidd staff! Perfect fit and opportunity… Time to get to work
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) August 24, 2021
Dudley peaked averaging double-digit points per game three straight years for Phoenix in the early 2010s. He was ahead of the curve as a stretch four. Though not quick, the 6-foot-6 Dudley had the basketball intelligence and toughness to defend effectively. His 3-point shooting was a weapon as a power forward.
In addition to his solid play, Dudley lasted so long in the league due to his professionalism. He became a respected veteran voice in the locker room and won a title with the Lakers last year.
The Mavericks just hired Lakers assistant Jason Kidd as head coach, giving Dudley a connection to Dallas.