Dudley retiring, will join Mavs' staff: I've prepared for this for 'long time'

Rocky Widner / National Basketball Association / Getty

Veteran forward Jared Dudley will retire after 14 seasons as a player in the NBA and take a job as an assistant coach on Jason Kidd's Dallas Mavericks staff, he confirmed on social media Tuesday.

Dudley, 36, spent the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom he won a title in 2020.

The Boston College product also played for the Charlotte Bobcats, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards, and Brooklyn Nets.

Dudley appeared in a dozen games last season, averaging just 6.8 minutes off the bench - the fewest of his career.

Like Dudley, Kidd spent the last two campaigns with the Lakers. The 10-time NBA All-Star was an assistant under Frank Vogel. Kidd also coached Dudley while with the Bucks from 2014 to 2018.

Kidd's coaching reputation came into question following the publication of Mirin Fader's "Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP." His methods as head coach of the Bucks were met with widespread derision, prompting a response from Dudley, who called Kidd "a great coach" who "laid the foundation for (the Bucks) winning the chip this year."

Dudley's addition to Kidd's staff marks the second expected coaching hiring by the Mavs in a week after Los Angeles Sparks star Kristi Toliver was reportedly linked with an assistant role.

Dudley retiring, will join Mavs' staff: I've prepared for this for 'long time'
  Got something to say? Leave a comment below!

Daily Newsletter

Get the latest trending sports news daily in your inbox