Many athletes have personal Twitter accounts. Some interact with their followers beyond the basics. Even among that subset, the engaging Jared Dudley is rather unique and arguably among the more interesting athlete tweeters in town. The Wizards forward frequently speaks his mind on topics and, as was the case Saturday, opens up the floor for questions. We learned a few things from his latest Q&A -- including when Dudley expects he'll be back on the court.
Acquired from Milwaukee on July 2, Dudley underwent back surgery soon after. The initial timeline specified 3-4 months. Dudley's Twitter response seemingly ends any hopes of a return on the earlier side of that projection.
Late November would mean approximately four months after surgery. Dudley's phrasing - "Latest end of November -" suggests he may return earlier that month. That wouldn't be soon enough for the season opener. The Wizards open the regular season Oct. 28 at Orlando and play 14 games before Dec. 1.
In another tweet, Dudley said he's "feeling great!!! So glad I did the surgery." The Wizards need his ability to shoot from the perimeter and defend other forwards that launch shots from deep.
Washington can fill in the gap on the wing with the likes of Otto Porter, Alan Anderson and potentially rookie Kelly Oubre. However, Dudley is the one proven stretch-4 on the roster.
That's an element the Wizards lacked during the 2014-15 regular season and altogether when Paul Pierce left for the Clippers during free agency one day before Washington acquired Dudley. That's also where the 6-foot-7 veteran prefers playing.
oIn addition to tweeting about his initial thoughts on D.C. and his favorite food (Mexican), Dudley touched on other Wizard related topics during his chat including:
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One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday.
NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.
Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance.
The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.
Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years.
Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year.
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The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.
The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first-round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Philly and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.
That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.
Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.
Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden.
Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.
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