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Wizards’ Jared Dudley Out 3-4 Months After Back Surgery

Newly acquired Washington Wizards forward Jared Dudley will miss three-to-four months after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back, the team announced Tuesday.

The Wizards acquired Dudley from the Milwaukee Bucks earlier in the offseason in exchange for a protected future second-round pick to help make up for the loss of Paul Pierce. It seems Washington knew about the back issue when the trade was made:

“During our discussions with Jared and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, we were made aware that he played with pain for a significant part of last season due to this injury,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld.  “After jointly consulting with our team doctors and several specialists, we collectively determined that this proactive approach was the best course of action to have him ready for the upcoming season and to prevent the risk of further injury.”

Dudley was a key contributor on the Bucks last season, averaging 7.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in 23.8 minutes per game. He shot 46.8 percent overall and 38.5 percent from three. He’s a 39.6 percent three-point shooter for his career.

Dudley’s no Pierce, but he can do similar things in terms of shooting the three and playing some stretch 4, so the 30-year-old will be missed for however long he’s out. Back injuries are tricky, so the Wizards are sure to be extra careful with Dudley. Martell Webster missed much of last season with the same injury.

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