Milwaukee Bucks do not tender qualifying offer to Ekpe Udoh, making him an unrestricted free agent

Udoh, playing defense of course. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
Udoh, playing defense of course. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

According to Yahoo!’s Marc Spears, the Milwaukee Bucks have not tendered a qualifying offer to forward/center/book club purveyor Ekpe Udoh.

Per the salary database at Sham Sports, Udoh’s qualifying offer was for $4.2 million, a steep sum for a big who would be unlikely to start any games for the Bucks next season.

Udoh was the number six pick in the 2010 draft out of Baylor (Larry Sanders was the 15th pick) by the Golden State Warriors. He played a season and a half in Oakland before arriving in Milwaukee as apart of the Monta Ellis-Andrew Bogut trade.

In 2012-13, Udoh averaged 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Bucks in 17.3 minutes per game over 76 games. Last season he averaged 3.4 points and 3.5 rebounds in just 42 games after battling an injured ankle and knee and DNP-CDs, as he fell down the Bucks depth chart.

He’s well regarded as a defender, specifically as a pick and roll defender and generally in his rotations, but his mysteriously low rebounding numbers and lack of offensive abilities have hampered him throughout his career.

Without question, the most notable part of his 2013-14 season was the formation of his book club, which recently had an outing in Dallas that included many fans from Milwaukee. The book club and his regular Google Hangouts with a collection of fans and bloggers have put his thoughtful personality on display.

Udoh recently changed his agents, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

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2 Comments

  1. kEep dUho? Never heard of him. Unless we can’t find someone else to read LARRY his 12 steps, I think we might persevere.

  2. Really a good guy to have in the locker room, but it’s time for the Bucks to move on from him. Good luck Ekpe with your future.