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Bucks let Ekpe Udoh become an unrestricted free agent

Jun 30, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

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Jason Kidd may or may not have had the final say on this, but Bucks forward Ekpe Udoh won’t get his $5,962,377 qualifying offer.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

The Milwaukee Bucks declined to give forward Ekpe Udoh a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent, sources told Yahoo Sports.

Udoh is a victim of his own success in the pre-draft circuit. He went No. 6 in 2010, much higher than most expected. Had he gone in his expected late-lottery range, his qualifying offer would have been lower, and he might have received it.

Now, Udoh is fighting for his NBA life.

He was a plus-minus darling with the Warriors before being traded with Monta Ellis for Andrew Bogut, but Udoh’s struggles to produce consistently in Milwaukee indicate his Golden State success was a product of circumstance. Some team might sign him and give him a limited role, but at 27, he’s running out of upside.

Udoh’s defensive tools will get him looks, but his minus rebounding and lack of refined offensive skills will give teams pause.

I expect Udoh will get another contract this summer. I’m not certain of that, though.

  1. campcouch - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    #6…before Greg Monroe,Paul George,Gordon Hayward,Lance Stevenson and Landry Fields. I know hingsight,but he averaged 8 points and 6 rebounds per game in college. Strange pick by GS then.

    • muhangis - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      What a funny thing…. something about strange picks that never seems to work out.

      Makes you wonder about these guys in NBA front offices, just how simply dumb so many of them are!

    • muhangis - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      On top of that, Udoh was a 22 year old senior (putting up meager stats *relatively speaking)

    • jazynaz - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      as a gs warriors fan, really strange (and disappointing pick), before and after the pick. i’ve read something that had the W’s name and udoh’s, in the same article about where he’ll go. oh no, warriors, just say NO!, or better yet, don’t even start thinking in that direction!

  2. bougin89 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    He has literally no value. I am one of the few that watch a lot of Bucks games and I can say he was the worst player on the Bucks roster last year. Think about that.

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