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Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley knows the Washington Wizards well, having played 81 games for the team in 2015-16.
Today, Dudley looks at the Wizards and like so many around the NBA, sees a whole lot of underachieving — especially for a squad that features the likes of John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter Jr., and even a still-productive Dwight Howard.
“I’m seeing a team that has been together too long,” Dudley told NBC Sports Washington. “They haven’t made progress, so it’s time to change things over there.”
Wall and Beal have large contracts and Howard was just signed, leading to lots of trades speculation surrounding Porter and Markieff Morris. But Dudley contends the Wizards may actually want to consider using Porter more and in a different manner.
“I think (they have) good players, but sometimes, good players need different situations. I think that it’s tough the way the league is changing. They play two bigs,” Dudley said of the combination of power forward Morris and Howard. “In this day in age, Otto needs to play more four because he’s tall enough, more spacing.”
The Wizards were considered by many to be a team in the East that may be ready to break through. Instead, they have started 5-10, prompting much of the trade speculation.
Dudley, 33, is averaging 5.5 points and 3.2 rebounds for the Nets this season.
“I think they’ve had enough time, but they really haven’t (broken) through,” Dudley said. “I can see by the All-Star break or summer time one of these pieces moving. It’s going to be good for them. If it’s John, or Otto or Brad, one of them three, I think their next move is going to be good for both teams.”