Let the Ekpe Udoh sweepstakes begin.
As expected, the Bucks failed to tender the forward an offer before the midnight June 30 deadline, making him an unrestricted free agent. Udoh’s qualifying offer would have been just under $6 million.
The Bucks have told forward-center Ekpe Udoh he will not be tendered an offer thus making him an unrestricted free agent, source told Yahoo.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 30, 2014
The 27-year-old Udoh spent two-and-a-half seasons in Milwaukee after coming over from Golden State as part of the Monta Ellis trade.
Udoh averaged just 3.4 points and 3.5. rebounds last season while shooting an atrocious 39.9 percent from the field. Granted, injuries hampered him for much of the year, but he was generally ineffective when on the court. Udoh did not play in the Bucks’ final seven games, and a pesky ankle injury caused him to miss several, multi-game stints throughout the season.
The sixth overall pick of the 2010 draft, Udoh should draw considerable interest on the open market. At this point in his career, teams know what they’re getting – an excellent individual and team defender and adequate rebounder. Udoh isn’t going to stuff the box score, but he could be the perfect no-nonsense, reserve big man for a contender.
The chances he returns to Milwaukee are very slim, particularly considering the Bucks’ current logjam in the frontcourt. As of Tuesday, the Bucks have 11 true forwards or centers on the roster:
That’s a whole lot.
Parting ways with Udoh improves the situation, but Milwaukee is still severely overloaded at the position. With only three true guards on the roster – Nate Wolters, Brandon Knight, O.J. Mayo – the Bucks will almost certainly consider adding backcourt help at some point this offseason.