Wednesday , Sep , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Jared Dudley ‘not optimistic’ about early extension from Phoenix Suns

"It would be nice," Dudley said of an extension. "I’m not optimistic. My mindset is to go out and play my last year and go as far as we can. At the end of the year, I know if we win, I’m going to have a good year. I do a pretty good job of keeping healthy. My goal is to come out and have a better year than last year and have the team better. When a team is successful, everybody usually does pretty well. Look at Channing (Frye). $30 million. Tell him (to) let me get a little bit of that."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Since getting traded to the Phoenix Suns, he’s done things the right way.

For instance, instead of complaining about his lack of minutes in the latter half of the 2009 season, Jared Dudley lost weight, increased his outside range, and improved his defense.

The results were obvious: Dudley became a key part of Coach Alvin Gentry’s bench, often taking the floor in key situations.

After his successful 2010 campaign, a lesser person would get frustrated by not scoring an extension before the October deadline.

Dudley won’t, though.

He knows the thrifty Suns only have so much money to spend, especially after assuming Hedo Turkoglu’s big ticket and giving Channing Frye a $30 million extension.

So Dudley could end up playing out his rookie contract and becoming a restricted free agent. 

It won’t be an issue. Dudley will do things right. He’ll likely have another nice year and let the money and contract situation sort itself out.

–Oly Sandor.

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