The Milwaukee Bucks will not be bringing back popular forward Jared Dudley next season.
According to a variety of reports, the Bucks will trade Dudley for a protected second round pick. So the Bucks are chopping Dudley’s salary of $4.25 million off the books and clearing out his roster spot.
Milwaukee made waves earlier in the day when reports broke that the Bucks had reached an agreement on a 3-year, $50 million contract with center Greg Monroe. On the first day of free agency, the Bucks agreed to re-sign guard/forward Khris Middleton to a 5-year, $70 million contract. So the Bucks added some significant salary over the past couple of days. Between those two deals and newly acquired Greivis Vasquez‘s $6 million, it looks like the Bucks felt there wasn’t going to be enough playing time to justify keeping Dudley around.
Dudley arrived last summer in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, who gave the Bucks a protected first round pick simply to clear Dudley from their cap. Dudley’s strong play last season is the reason the Bucks aren’t paying the same penalty. He averaged 7.2 points and shot 38.5% from three as he bounced back and forth between small forward and power forward. The highlight of his season was undoubtedly a 24 point, 10-10 effort (4-4 from three) in a win at Atlanta.
His voice seemed to be an active one in a locker room full of young players. The fit for Dudley was thought to be perfect, and there were even some rumors on Twitter that the team was working on an extension for Dudley beyond next season. But the NBA moves fast during the free agency recruiting period. What’s happening today can drastically change tomorrow.
Dudley appeared to enjoy his time in Milwaukee and made a very positive impression on fans.
Milwaukee!!! I know it’s was only there for 1 yr but what a yr!!! From 17 wins to 41 and the playoffs!! We started the foundation #goodluck
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) July 3, 2015
With Monroe in town crowding up Milwaukee’s front court and Vasquez taking another spot its backcourt, apparently the Bucks felt like they have veteran leadership, size and shooting covered. The salary cap space and roster flexibility became more important than what Dudley could offer on the court.