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Report: Clippers are 'itchy' to trade Jared Dudley

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Jared Dudley could be on the move at the deadline. (USATSI)
Jared Dudley could be on the move at the deadline. (USATSI)

ESPN reports that the Clippers, faced with an overflow of wings with J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Hedo Turkoglu (against all odds) and Sasha Vujacic, are looking to trade Jared Dudley before the deadline.

Dudley, 28, is averaging 7.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game for the Clippers, shooting 45 percent from the field and 36 percent from three. He's surprisingly struggled on the defensive end with containment and closeout. Turkoglu has, against all odds, played well after being signed as a free agent after the Magic waived him. Dudley has two more seasons at $8.5 million remaining. He has an early termination to opt out into free agency in 2015.

The problem is that the Clippers are the kind of team in the market to buy a player like Dudley. He's a best fit on a contending team on the way up who needs a veteran option to improve their depth and shooting. The list of teams in that situaton are on short order, beyond maybe New York, and their trade options are limited.

But Dudley's healthy, a great teammate, able to shoot and can contribute. It might take a bigger deal to find something, but definitely add Dudley to the list of guys who coud be on the move at the deadline.

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