With the Western Conference's worst record at the All-Star Break, the Phoenix Suns probably can't rule out making a trade before Thursday's 1 p.m. deadline. Phoenix has needs up and down its roster, and if the right player becomes available, it will strongly have to consider making a move. But if the Suns decide to send anyone away, forward Jared Dudley would rather it not be him.
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"Just because our team's bad, I don't want to jump off," Dudley told Bright Side of the Sun. "No."
Dudley arrived in Phoenix via trade with the Charlotte Bobcats in December 2008. He is the longest-tenured Sun on the roster; Goran Dragic was also on the team then, but he only re-joined the Suns as a free agent in 2012.
"You never want to leave," Dudley said of potentially being traded. " I'll be the first one to tell you that if I had to leave, I don't want to go to a team that's bad.
"Phoenix, city-wise, is one of the top 5 destinations to go to, so why not just stay here and just get better?"
Dudley, 27, is averaging 11.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists for Phoenix. He is under contract through the 2015/16 season, but he can opt for free agency one year earlier if he so chooses, according to ShamSports.