Milwaukee Bucks forward Jared Dudley said going from a contender to a rebuilding team is not important to how he handles himself. Dudley was traded by the Los Angeles Clippers to the Bucks last week for Carlos Delfino, Miroslav Rajuljica and a future first-round pick.
The Clippers advanced to the Western Conference semifinals last season, while the Bucks finished with the worst record in the NBA at 15-67.
"Going from a contender to a team that's rebuilding, to me that really doesn't matter," Dudley said to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "As a professional, you've got to come in with the right mind-set and play in the right way. "The way I've conducted myself throughout the league, that will be the same thing here. This team has a lot going good for them with Jabari Parker coming in here and what he can potentially do for this franchise. That's a huge upside."
Dudley averaged 6.9 points and 2.2 rebounds in his only season with the Clippers while dealing with nagging knee injuries.
The Bucks selected Parker with the No. 2 pick in this year's draft and hired former Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd to replace Larry Drew.
- Paul Palladino