Jared Dudley only appeared in 54 games for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2019-20, but he played an integral part in the franchise’s 17th NBA championship as a leading voice alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

On Tuesday, Dudley agreed to a deal to become an assistant coach’s role under former Lakers assistant Jason Kidd, now the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks.

Dudley took to Twitter to announce his retirement and pen a thank-you message to the Lakers organization, including Jeanie Buss, Anthony Davis, and LeBron.

“Man what a ride! 14 yr NBA career capped off by winning a NBA championship with the @Lakers! Just want to thank GOD for blessing me, also want to personally thank @KingJames @AntDavis23 @JeanieBuss and the Lakers organization,Without Bron and AD I don’t join LAL or (win a ring)”, Dudley wrote.

Shortly before Dudley’s announcement, LeBron James couldn’t hold back his raw emotion upon hearing of the departure of his beloved Lakers teammate.

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Dudley averaged 7.3 points per game across 14 NBA seasons. In 2020-21, he appeared in 12 games for the Lakers and suffered a torn MCL midseason. However, he was a beloved figure in the locker room whom the team spiritually relied on amidst a frustrating campaign.

A few weeks back, Dudley broke down his intangible value to J.J. Redick — qualities LeBron and the Lakers will sorely miss.


Luka Doncic: congrats on your new mentor.

Jared Dudley: congrats on a great career!