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Cavs Interested In Jared Dudley

The Cavaliers are interested in acquiring Jared Dudley and are one of the most active NBA teams on the trade market, as Brian Windhorst of said in an appearance on ESPN Cleveland radio with Tony Cartagena this morning (Twitter links; audio link). Dudley is making $4.375MM this season on the final year of his contract with the Wizards, who have lost five of their last six games to fall to 21-26.

It’s unclear whether Cleveland would target Dudley with part of its more than $10.5MM trade exception or look for an exchange of salaries instead. The Cavs have reportedly gauged the market for Timofey Mozgov, whose $4.95MM salary would be a close match with Dudley’s, but the Wizards already have two traditional big men in Marcin Gortat and Nene. In any case, Cleveland has reportedly sought a three-and-D wing player to back up Iman Shumpert, and Dudley is displaying a career-best 45.9% 3-point shooting stroke this season. He ranks 19th among all small forwards in ESPN’s Defensive Real Plus/Minus metric.

Dudley, 30, has assumed a leadership role for the Wizards in his first season with the team. He supported the trade that sent him from Milwaukee to Washington this past summer and expressed contentment last month with his situation in Washington. Still, he doesn’t have the power to veto a swap to Cleveland. Cavs GM David Griffin worked in the Suns front office when Phoenix traded for Dudley in 2008.

Would Dudley be the right fit for the Cavs? Leave a comment to share your thoughts.

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8 thoughts on “Cavs Interested In Jared Dudley

  1. Think he’d be a great fit if Gilbert is willing to foot the bill. Can never have too much shooting or veteran leadership.

  2. mumbles

    Be a good addition to the Cavs.

  3. Dubley would be the perfect fit but behind Iman shumpert? Jr is arguably their best 2 starter I shump is coming off the bench. Anyways I’ve seen Dub play some 3 and he has no problem doing so esp if the assumption stays as Cavs vs Gsw in the finals.

    • JR is probably the better starter, but fit wise, he might not be. He’s an ideal guy to come in when LeBron or Kyrie come out to give another scorer. I think ideally they would want Love, Kyrie, LeBron to get some touches early on and start developing a rhythm. If so, then there wouldn’t be many touches for Smith. Outside of Smith, the bench doesn’t have any guys who can quickly come out and score in bunches which would lighten the load on whichever star is out there.

  4. Great for the Cavs but the Wiz are not selling the season. They have an easy 2nd half schedule and still plan to get into the playoff mix. And the Cavs have nothing the Wiz want.

  5. CleveMan Browns

    Yes I Do Think The Cavaliers Property Agree With Jared Dudley Team With Cleveland Cavaliers And Also You Can Trade Mo Williams And Tristan Thompson For Michael Carter Williams And Greg Monroe

    • So you want a PG who can’t shoot, which means he needs the ball in his hands to be effective (which means the ball is not in the hands of LeBron/Kyrie) and a big man who will just clog up space on the floor and doesn’t provide value at the 5 because he’s not a good defender? Mo Williams is an ideal fit for Cleveland because he can shoot and play off the ball (when he actually plays and he also wants to stay in Cleveland so he’s fine with riding the bench) and so is Thompson because all they ask him to do is rebound, defend and score close to the rim when he does get the ball.

  6. Daniel

    No I think the Cavs should trade Mozgov.

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