ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that the Clippers are “itchy” to make a deal, and with playing time harder to come by and a logjam at the wing positions, Jared Dudley is unexpectedly in play on the trade market and could be dealt on or before the deadline (Twitter links). Dudley, who arrived in Los Angeles via trade alongside J.J. Redick this past summer, is averaging 7.9 PPG on 44.9% shooting from the field and 36.3% from long distance. He has also been a major rotation player for Doc Rivers this year, starting in 42 of 51 games and playing 26.9 MPG.
The 28-year-old forward is currently slated to earn $4.25MM annually through the 2014/15 season and owns a $4.25MM player option in 2015/16. While Stein thinks it’s too soon to consider moving Dudley, it’s also evident that Rivers is still searching for the supporting cast he wants, especially with the recent additions of Hedo Turkoglu and Sasha Vujacic,