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Suns’ Jared Dudley out 3-4 months with toe injury

Jared Dudley

Veteran swingman Jared Dudley of the Phoenix Suns isn’t having a great offseason.

According to the team, Dudley will not take part in any basketball-related activity for an estimated three to four months after the forward went under the knife to treat a left toe ligament injury.

Here’s the announcement from the team’s official Twitter account:

Despite the lengthy projected absence from the hardwood, Dudley is visibly in high spirits, even expressing his full confidence in the Suns medical team’s ability to help him recover just in time for his 11th season in the NBA. So far, Dudley has averaged 6.8 points, 1.9 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game for his career.

Dudley, who is currently under contract with Phoenix through the 2018-2019 season, is mostly a veteran presence in the locker room for a rebuilding Suns team. On the court, he provides solid outside shooting, knocking down 1.2 three-pointers per game on 37.9 percent shooting last season.

His minutes have dwindled over the years, and he could lose even more playing time after the Suns selected Josh Jackson and Davon Reed in the recent 2017 NBA Draft.

Dudley played in 64 games last season, averaging 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 21.3 minutes per contest.