One of the best shooters on the open market has been scooped up in the first day of free agency. With interest from all over the league, Jared Dudley decided to return to a familiar place. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported that Dudley agreed to sign with the Phoenix Suns on a three-year deal that pays him $30 million.
Dudley played for the Suns from 2008 to 2013, and went to the Western Conference finals with the team in 2010.
Jared Dudley has reached a 3-year, $30M deal with Suns, sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 2, 2016
In case you were curious if there's any chance of inaccuracy in the reporting of Dudley's signing with the Suns, Twitter news network JMZ was able to confirm the reports.
Phx!!!!!!!!!!! I'm coming Home!!!!!!!!!!!! JMZ is back!!!!!!!!!!— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) July 2, 2016
Dudley is a career 39.9 percent shooter from 3-point range and can be a solid defender in the team concept. Being able to move between the small forward and power forward positions gives him versatility the Suns will want on both ends of the floor, but he'll likely spend more time at the 4 than the 3 because of his lack of athleticism. Still, he's a smart defender who can add much-needed experience to the Suns.
This is an incredible value for Phoenis because $10 million per season for a shooter of his caliber seems low with the way money was given out in the first day of free agency.