Why Trading Jared Dudley was the Best Offseason Move for the Los Angeles Clippers
Veteran small forward Jared Dudley has been traded, along with a future 2017 protected first-round draft pick, from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Milwaukee Bucks after just one season. The Clippers receive shooting guard Carlos Delfino, center Miroslav Raduljica, and a 2015 second-round pick. The Clippers acquired Dudley from the Phoenix Suns in a three-team trade on Jul. 10, 2013. Dudley started the 2013-14 season for the Clippers but lost his starting spot to Matt Barnes in January.
Dudley’s season with the Clippers was disappointing. His stats across the board were some of the lowest in his career. Dudley averaged just 6.9 points per game and the lowest field goal percentage of his career at just under 44 percent. His most disappointing stat for many Clippers fans was from the free throw line, averaging just 65 percent when in his previous season with the Suns he averaged nearly 80 percent from the line. With Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan consistently bringing down the team’s free throw percentage and in turn missing plenty of second chance points, any help the Clippers could get was accepted with open arms.
There was no explanation for Dudley’s inconsistencies on the court and he even took to twitter during the season to apologize to Clippers fans for his poor play. Dudley made little to no difference during Clippers games this season. The Clippers pushed to trade Dudley prior to the trade deadline last season when he fell out of Coach Doc Rivers’ rotation.
Dudley was simply taking up salary cap space for the Clippers. There is no reason to pay him to not perform to their expectations. At the rate Dudley was going, trading him for a blender seemed like a good idea. There was no reason to keep him around, especially after he fell out of the rotation. Even if the Clippers choose to waive Delfino and Raduljica, as it has been rumored, getting rid of Dudley was a main priority and losing a draft pick in the process is no big deal with Griffin and Chris Paul signed until 2018. Losing Dudley and possibly Delfino and Raduljica would make some much needed cap space for the Clippers to sign a veteran at the league minimum.
It’s unknown how Dudley will fare with the Bucks or what the Clippers’ next move will be, but this move was the best fit for a team looking to make a deep playoff run with no dead weight holding them back.