Last summer, the Washington Wizards added three players on expiring contracts as part of their plan to clear cap room for this offseason: Jared Dudley, Gary Neal and Alan Anderson. Of the trio, Dudley was considered the biggest question mark entering training camp.
Dudley had arrived via trade from the Milwaukee Bucks in July and underwent back surgery later that month, a development the Wizards said they anticipated when they made the trade. Dudley’s status for the start of the season was uncertain. But he missed only the season opener and became a key contributor as a stretch-four.
Whether Dudley returns to Washington next season is uncertain, but the 30-year-old recently said that he wants to, telling The Washington Post that he will seek a three-year contract this summer.
Jazz Forward Thabo Sefolosha Opts for Knee Surgery on MCL
The Utah Jazz say starting forward Thabo Sefolosha has opted to have right knee surgery to repair an avulsion of his MCL.
The procedure will take place Wednesday. The Jazz did not offer a timetable for his return.
Sources: Cavs Players Concerned About Current State of Team
Following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 118-108 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday, multiple players acknowledged growing discontent and a strong sense of concern that unlike past seasons, the team does not have the capability to fix its problems and get back on a championship track.
Several prominent players, speaking on condition of anonymity to ESPN, Cleveland.com and The Athletic, expressed doubt that the problems — an aging roster, defensively challenged personnel and a glut of redundant role players — could simply be worked out through patience and a chance to coalesce when fully healthy.
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
Lakers’ Lonzo Ball Likely Out vs OKC For Wednesday
Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball is unlikely to play against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday because of a sore left knee, but Brandon Ingram is expected to return from an ankle injury.
“He got treatment,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said of Ball on Tuesday. “He’ll get treatment again later today, but it’s still just too sore for him to get on the basketball court. Technically, he’s questionable. But he didn’t practice today, so I wouldn’t expect him to play [Wednesday].”
Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN