NBA Rumors: Jared Dudley will only join the Boston Celtics if the ‘price’ is right

Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Washington Wizards shooting guard Jared Dudley who is reported to be interested in joining the Boston Celtics once he becomes a free agent on July 1.

Despite their recent achievements, the Boston Celtics are still looking for improvements in order to be a title contender next season. In the 2015-16 NBA season, the Atlanta Hawks eliminated the Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. In the upcoming offseason, the Celtics are eyeing to make a huge adjustment with their roster either via trades, free agency or their picks in the 2016 NBA draft.

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The Boston Celtics are undoubtedly one of the best performing teams in the league. However, like any other teams, the Celtics have their own weaknesses. Tim Botempts of the Washington Post cited the importance of a player who has high accuracy in the three-point range for the Celtics. The recent playoffs showed that the Celtics’ current lineup only have limited players perfect for that role.

Incoming free agent Jared Dudley expressed his desire to join the Boston Celtics next season. He said that he will be a good fit for Boston since the team needs an accurate shooter.

“To be honest with you when you listen to people, a lot of these sports writers on your show are pretty accurate. I think I would be a pretty good fit for Boston in the sense that they need shooting. You can never have too much veteran leadership. They’re a team that’s obviously led by Brad Stevens who is a great coach and they’ve done well, but the key to a young team is developing that young talent. They have the number three pick here in the draft and you can never have (enough) people who know how to play the right way, know their role,” Dudley said.

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However, on a Twitter post, Jared Dudley said $5 million per year will not be enough for the Boston Celtics make him sign.

The post created negative reactions from the netizens but the Wizards shooting guard said that it was only a joke. He explained that he only said those things because he knew that there will be a salary cap increase in the next couple of years. He also emphasized that the value of a player who shoot over 40% from the three-point range deserves a higher salary.

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