The latest round of tweets from Yahoo’s NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski indicates the details surrounding C’s (along with several other teams) pursuit of swingman Jared Dudley. Here’s the latest from his Twitter account
Boston, Chicago and several more would love to pry Jared Dudley out of Phoenix, sources say. Suns can’t dump Childress deal, need money off.
Celtics have dangled Nate Robinson and 1st round pick, which isn’t the most appealing package on market to get a talented perimeter player.
To be clear on Celts, I’m told they haven’t checked on Dudley very recently. No sense Suns will move him, but he has great value to teams.
CH’s Analysis: Quite the lowball offer there from Ainge for a guy like Dudley, who is locked up on a very reasonable deal for the next five years at 4.25 million/year.
The gritty small forward would be a dream pickup for Doc off the bench, with his ability to hit three’s, defend, and make smart plays all over the floor. I watched this guy for four years at Boston College and he’s easily one of my favorites to come out of there and certainly has thrived once he arrived in Phoenix a couple years back in the Jason Richardson deal.
With that said, as Woj indicated, this deal obviously isn’t happening unless Ainge ups the ante a lot. For me though, this is the kind of guy I open until the entire asset cabinet for. He solves your small forward backup problem for the next four years and takes a tremendous onus off Paul Pierce and Ray Allen going forward.
Am I crazy to think offering a choice of two of the follow three things (Avery Bradley, Semih Erden, 1st Round pick) would not be too much here? Ainge won’t go there, but you have to give up something to get something of value and this is a case where losing the young kids might be worth it. My desire to win now may be too much, but to me this is a year where you sacrifice the future a bit, with the Eastern Conference getting more and more loaded in the years to come. Whose with me on this?