With the cap rising to million, teams are spending a record amount of money.
It’s certainly a great time to be an NBA free agent and Dudley was able to take advantage.
Dudley turned in the best season of his nine-year career during the 2011-12 season, when he averaged 12.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Ryan was taking his sweet time and Marvin was taking his sweet time.
At that time, I’m waiting for them to set the market and once Teletovic went then I was right after that.”What the Suns look to be building appears to be special.
Dudley will join Tyson Chandler, Leandro Barbosa and P. Tucker as the team’s only players over 30 years old.
Perhaps the most encouraging sign for the Suns is that Dudley is perfectly happy with becoming a mentor for the younger guys.“If you take finances away and if you just had to go with fit and team, they need a power forward to help groom the young guys,” Dudley told Basketball Insiders of his decision to return to Phoenix.
He experienced success there and wants to return to help build something special.
This summer has been one of the most chaotic offseasons that we’ve seen in recent years.For me, it was the best of both worlds.”Stories surfaced during the weeks leading up to free agency that Dudley talked about how he missed Phoenix.He was with the Suns alongside players like Steve Nash, Amar’e Stoudemire, Jason Richardson, Channing Frye and Grant Hill, and the group advanced to the Western Conference Finals.The Suns have long needed another veteran presence in the locker room to help the team’s younger players develop.The team’s average age is younger than 25 – among the lowest in the league.It should be no surprise that Jared Dudley chose to return to the Phoenix Suns.