Yesterday, Los Angeles Lakers forward Jared Dudley announced via Twitter that he would resign with Los Angeles for the 2021 season. He will return to LeBron James and the defending championship-winning Lakers. Jared Dudley only averaged around 8 minutes per game last season. In those 8 minutes per game, he averaged 1.5 points, 1.2 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game. Last season was his first season with the Lakers.
The 35-year-old will sign a 1-year contract for $2.6 million.
LeBron James Reacts
Despite the relatively underwhelming numbers from the 2020 season, Lakers star LeBron James feels excited about the news. James reposted Jared Dudleys Twitter post, announcing the news on his own feed. “YESSIR,” LeBron James said in the Twitter post regarding the news of Dudley’s resigning.
James’ excitement is a testament to Dudley’s strengths beyond the numbers. According to ESPN, Jared Dudley became a huge locker room presence, organizing team meals and activities. His charismatic attitude also helps team morale. As a league veteran, his experience and leadership to the team than his statistics. For instance, he acted as a mentor to Kyle Kuzma during the season and helped the young player develop.
LeBron James is known for his ability to create a strong locker room culture with the players he brings in. For example, In both Miami and in Cleveland his second time, he was the catalyst to bringing in role players whose personalities helped each of those respective teams to win Championships. The same can be said when he went to Los Angeles.
Jared Dudley Career
Jared Dudley joined the league in 2007 after the Charlotte Bobcats drafted him 22nd overall. He bounced around the league quite a bit throughout his career, never really playing a huge role on a team. His best season happened in the 2011-2012 season with the Phoenix Suns, where he started 60 of 65 games. He also averaged a career-high 12.7 points that season.