After a 14-year playing career, Jared Dudley is moving on from the Los Angeles Lakers to join the Dallas Mavericks. However, he won't be wearing the jersey anymore. Instead, he'll be joining Jason Kidd's staff as an assistant coach according to Marc Stein.
The Mavericks are in advanced discussions to hire 14-year NBA veteran Jared Dudley as an assistant coach, league sources say.
Dudley spent the last two seasons as a key locker-room voice with the Lakers and won a championship in 2020.
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Dudley spent the past two years with the Lakers and he played for 7 teams in his 14-year career. Of those 7 teams, the Mavs weren't one so it will be a new team in a new city with a new role for the longtime NBA forward. And he'll get the chance to work with superstar Luka Doncic.
As Stein notes, Dudley had been a key locker-room voice for the Lakers during his time with LA. His presence was most notably felt through that outlet and not on the court. Dudley played in just 12 games this past season for Frank Vogel and averaged 0.5 points per contest in those games. The Mavs are hoping the coaching aspect translates over.
It's been quite the offseason for the Mavs so far. Rick Carlisle had been the coach in Dallas since 2008 but opted to move on to the Indiana Pacers after this last season. That opened the door for Kidd, who took over as head coach. The Mavs then made waves by hiring WNBA star Kristi Toliver as an assistant coach. Toliver still plays for the Los Angeles Sparks but will join the staff anyways.
Now, Dudley is joining the party as well. The Mavericks are slowly carving out a really solid coaching staff to help take Doncic's game to the next level and to help Kidd make the transition to head coach once again.