Last week, for the second time in his career, Jared Dudley was traded from the Phoenix Suns.
Throughout his career Dudley has never had a problem speaking his mind. After the news broke on Friday, he tweeted out exactly what Suns fans wanted to hear.
I First off want to thank Robert Sarver and the Suns organization. It’s truly been the best 7 years of my life.There’s been no better feeling then being a Sun! To all the Fans that opened me with open arms and embracing me I truly love you guys and the city. Phx is home!— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) July 20, 2018
When fans learned that Dudley’s time with the Suns had come to an end (before he returns as a coach or member of the media, of course) many took to social media to share kind words.
As a Suns fan first and foremost thanks for representing the city where I’m from Phoenix will always have love for you big bro!✊ https://t.co/rP9fAPJkUH— BigSauce (@alantwilliams) July 20, 2018
Thank you @JaredDudley619 for all you've done for our organization & the City of Phoenix. A community ambassador through & through, you've carried the Suns Basketball torch for a new generation and we appreciate it. All the best, JD. Always a Sun!— Casey Taggatz (@caseytaggatz) July 21, 2018
My brother @JaredDudley619, thank you for all the knowledge you have passed on to me. True representation on how to be a great Vet in this league. I learned a lot from you just from conversation throughout the past couple years. I wish the best for you and your family movin fwrd!— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) July 20, 2018
Thank u @JaredDudley619 for Everthing man! U were a great vet and mentor for me and taught us a lot about this business! No matter wat was ever said about u, u always stayed solid and i respect that! ✊— Marquese Chriss (@quese) July 20, 2018
.@JaredDudley619 made $27,068,028 in his first 9 NBA seasons.— Kris Hanson (@KrisHansonRCF) July 20, 2018
In Dudley's last contact with the Suns, he more than doubled his total NBA earnings to $57,068,028.
I'm so happy for that dude. It's been a pleasure to watch him in a Suns uniform for 7 seasons. pic.twitter.com/o1kBmci44X
Thanks for the memories, @JaredDudley619! pic.twitter.com/bnqxLFyDct— The Bright Side (@BrightSideSun) July 20, 2018
Always a Sun. You will be missed.— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) July 20, 2018
Will miss having @JaredDudley619 in the locker room. Always provided insightful answers and was good to everyone in the media. Definitely a staple here in PHX— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) July 20, 2018
While working in the NBA I met a lot of player. Very very few were as truly genuine as @JaredDudley619. Good player even better guy. The city of Phoenix is a little worse off without him now.— Espo (@Espo) July 20, 2018
@JaredDudley619 doesn't need to hear this because I told him privately but so you know: As a beat reporter I appreciated all the times he was available last season and the honesty with which he spoke. As a reporter, you can't ask for much more— scott bordow (@sbordow) July 20, 2018
Looking forward to the Junkyard Dog being back in Phoenix, in some capacity, when the Suns win the first championship in franchise history. See you then.