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Damjan Rudez
SF/PF - 6'10, 228lbs - 37 years old - 3 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2021 season
  • Birthdate: 06/17/1986
  • Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2008
  • Pre-draft team: KK Split (Croatia)
  • Country: Croatia
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
16th June, 2006CroatiaSigned a two year contract with KK Split.
15th June, 2008SloveniaSigned a two year contract with Union Olimpija Ljubljana.
20th August, 2009CroatiaSigned a two year contract with Cedevita Zagreb.
6th July, 2011CroatiaSigned a one year contract with Cibona Zagreb.
17th August, 2012SpainSigned a one year contract with CAI Zaragoza.
26th June, 2013SpainSigned a two year extension with Zaragoza.
3rd July, 2014SpainLeft Zaragoza.
11th July, 2014NBASigned a three year, $3,448,500 contract with Indiana. Included team option for 2016/17.
12th July, 2015NBATraded by Indiana to Minnesota in exchange for Chase Budinger.
27th June, 2016NBAMinnesota declined 2016/17 team option.
8th September, 2016NBASigned a guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Orlando.
7th September, 2017NBARe-signed by Orlando to an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract.
Career Moves
2002 - 2004Zrinjevac (Croatia)
2004 - 2006Oostende (Belgium)
June 2006 - June 2008KK Split (Croatia)
June 2008 - June 2009Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia)
July 2009Phoenix Suns (Summer League)
August 2009 - June 2011Cedevita Zagreb (Croatia)
July 2011 - June 2012Cibona Zagreb (Croatia)
August 2012 - July 2014Zaragoza (Spain)
July 2014 - July 2015Indiana Pacers (NBA)
July 2015 - June 2016Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
September 2016 - presentOrlando Magic (NBA)
Articles about Damjan Rudez

June 29, 2017

Damjan Rudez
SF/PF, 6’10, 228lbs, 31 years old, 3 years of experience

In 2015/16, 80.6% of Rudez’s shots were three-pointers, and he had a .577% true shooting percentage. This year, those numbers dropped to .727% and .466%. Having never been a rebounder or defender at any level, nor even being that good at driving the hard close-outs his quality outside shot should earn him, Rudez enters free agency with little NBA resume, two fairly innocuous seasons as his most recent credits, and being on the wrong side of 30. Other shooters are available - back to Europe, he will surely go.

Player Plan: Expiring minimum salary contract who has not shown enough to get another, and who is probably going back to the Adriatic League very soon.

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April 15, 2011

[...] Another key shooting option is Damjan Rudez, a 6'9 forward whom the Suns once looked at, who has the capacity to win a game single handedly. He also has the ability to do absolutely nothing. To put that into some context, in 16 Eurocup games thus far, Rudez has scored more than 20 points five times, less than 10 points nine times, and in between the two only once. When he's playing well, Rudez is an unblockable jumpshooter with great touch and a pretty smooth handle, a good athlete who passes well, aggressively looks for his shot, and who can find it both inside and out. And when he's not playing well, he just stands there. The only thing consistent about Rudez is his lack of effort on defense and the glass.

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