LOS ANGELES — Jared Dudley is returning to the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year, veterans minimum contract, his agent, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.

The 35-year-old will earn $2.6 million in what will be his 14th season in the league.

Dudley appeared in 45 games for the Lakers last season, his first year with the team, and averaged 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds. He also appeared in nine playoff games during the Lakers’ championship run.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 20: Jared Dudley #6 of the Brooklyn Nets celebrates his three point shot in the first half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center on April 20, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Showing the good-natured sense of humor that made him a locker room favorite, Dudley reacted to the news on Twitter on Monday, a post that later drew praise from LeBron James.

Apart from bringing a career 3-point percentage of 39.3% and 42 games of postseason experience to the mix, Dudley became an important part of the Lakers’ team culture last season by organizing dinners and gatherings on the road and serving as a mentor to Kyle Kuzma.


The Lakers now have 13 players under contract for next season, with Anthony Davis expected to occupy one of the final two spots once he signs an extension with the team.

Courtesy: ESPN


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