The Wizards are reportedly "closing in" on a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks for forward Jared Dudley, CSN Wizards Insider J. Michael has confirmed with a person with knowledge of the deal.
Dudley, a swingman capable of playing minutes as a coveted stretch-4, opted into the final year of his contract at $4.25 million last month. The Wizards are in the hunt for forward depth one day after losing free agent Paul Pierce to the Los Angeles Clippers.
ESPN's Marc Stein first reported the potential trade. As for the cost, Washington will reportedly deal an "extremely protected" second round pick, J.Michael confirmed.
The Wizards can take on Dudley's salary thanks to a trade exception acquired in last season's Andre Miller-Ramon Sessions trade.
Dudley, who turns 30 on July 10, averaged 7.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in 72 games with the Bucks last season. The 6-foot-7 forward, a career 40 percent 3-point shooter, sank 57 percent during the Bucks' first-round playoff series last season. Though he's not the 37-year-old Pierce's equal as a one-on-one scorer, Dudley is a superior defender and also provides a positive locker room presence.
The stretch-4 free agent market isn’t terribly exciting which makes a trade a viable alternative. Dudley’s skill set and projected cost made the eight-year veteran seem like a good fit for the Wizards entering free agency. Also, his contract expires after this season, thus allowing Washington to maintain financial flexibility in pursuit of Kevin Durant or other free agents in the summer of 2016.
UPDATE – Though the deal won’t be made official until July 9, Dudley’s comments Thursday evening make it apparent he’s headed to Washington.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 2, 2015