No details yet, but The Suns just issued an announcement via their text messaging alerts that they have signed forward Jared Dudley to contract extension. No details yet that I'm aware of. I'm sure we'll have numbers soon.
I have to say, I'm fairly surprised. With a new collective bargaining agreement on the horizon, I expected the front office to play the "wait and see" game since JD was going to end up a restricted free agent anyway. That would have been the "cheap" thing to do anyway.
So, breath easy, JD fans (I'm looking at you, Beavis), your boy's got paper. Until they decide to package him with the Turk or J-Rich for another big man, that is.
[Note by Mike Lisboa, 11/01/10 9:28 PM PDT ]
This is what I get for not checking Twitter. There are totally details: 5 years, 22.5 million dollars according to Paul Coro and NBA Fanhouse. I think everyone will agree this is win-win-win. The Suns get to keep an integral rotation player at a relative bargain, Jared Dudley gets some job security, and Suns fans can rest easy knowing their favorite player not named Steve Nash is locked up for the foreseeable future.
And while I'd like to simply leave it at that and go to bed thinking happy thoughts about an eventual Ring of Honor spot for Jared Dudley when he retires after 10+ years of dutiful service for the Suns... well, that's a very movable deal. As the Suns have no shortage of wings, and a dearth of big men, it's entirely possible Dudley could still be packaged in a potential deal should a big man the Suns covet become available.
But let's cross that bridge if/when it happens, shall we? For now, JMZ looks to reporting from the Suns' locker room for quite some time and for that, there should be much rejoicing.