Report: The Los Angeles Clippers sign Ekpe Udoh
According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Los Angeles Clippers have signed former Bucks forward Ekpe Udoh.
The Clippers have signed Ekpe Udoh to a 1year $1mil deal this morning, a source told Yahoo.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) September 3, 2014
The deal comes as no big surprise, as the Bucks reportedly renounced their rights to sign Udoh back in August, and also because the Clippers waived (and stretched out the salary caps hits for) Miroslav Raduljica and Carlos Delfino after a trade with the Bucks last week.
The 6’10” forward/center, acquired in the Andrew Bogut/Monta Ellis trade with Golden State, averaged 3.4 points and 3.5 rebounds while limited to 42 games last season. But with Udoh, it was never about the offense or the rebounds, but instead about box outs and rim protection.
Now Ekpe will presumably gets the job of backing up Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, a role denied to Raduljica when he was waived last week. If Udoh stays healthy — which he struggled with last season — it should be a role in which Ekpe should thrive, as the one thing that the Clippers needed most last season was a healthy, functional rim protector.
Udoh is probably best known in NBA circles (and Twitter circles) for his Ekpe’s Book Club, but seeing as the club is Twitter-based, it should have little problem moving to the West Coast.