After 14 seasons in the NBA with 8 different teams, Jared Dudley finally decided to retire and take an assistant coach job under Jason Kidd on the Dallas Mavericks.
The 36-year-old small forward tweeted a farewell message, thanking LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers for helping him win his only ring in 2020.
“Man what a ride! 14 yr NBA career capped off by winning a NBA championship with the @Lakers! Just want to thank GOD for blessing me, also want to personally thank @KingJames @AntDavis23 @JeanieBuss and the Lakers organization,Without Bron and AD I don’t join LAL or wing a 💍” Dudley tweeted.
“I been preparing this moment for a long time! From deep talks With Nash, Hill, Shaq, Bron, Booker, Beal, AD, Giannis the list goes on.. Very excited to Join the MAVS and JKidd staff! Perfect fit and opportunity… Time to get to work,” he added.
Dudley retired having a career average of 7.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. His best year individually was during the 2011-2012 season with the Phoenix Suns, when he averaged 12.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.