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Jared Dudley on Re-Signing with Lakers: They Need Me as Much as I Need Them

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVJune 5, 2021

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Jared Dudley doesn't plan on leaving the Los Angeles Lakers.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN asked the impending free agent if he will re-sign with the Purple and Gold if they offer him a new deal this offseason. 

"One thousand percent," Dudley said. "C'mon, they need me. They need me like I need them."

Dudley, 35, was surely being somewhat tongue-in-cheek with the comment given his role on the team the past two seasons. He appeared in 12 games in 2020-21 and averaged 0.5 points and 1.8 rebounds a night.

That was a downturn from his 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds per game he averaged for the championship version of the Lakers in 2019-20.

There was a time in Dudley's career when he was more of a contributor.

He averaged double-digit scoring in three straight seasons for the Phoenix Suns from 2010-11 through 2012-13 and has averaged 7.3 points per game throughout a career that started in 2007 when he was a first-round pick of the Charlotte Bobcats.

Dudley has since played for the Bobcats, Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets and Lakers.

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The Lakers may revamp their roster this offseason after losing to the Suns in the first round of the playoffs, but Dudley still wants to be a part of the team.

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