Report: The Los Angeles Clippers sign Ekpe Udoh

Udoh, with a rare basket. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
Udoh rises for a basket. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Los Angeles Clippers have signed former Bucks forward Ekpe Udoh.

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.

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  1. There are two things that come up every time when we mention Udoh: The book club, and the “intangibles”. So now, we will have to focus on “production” and “statistics”. What a pity…

    • To be fair, box outs and defensive rotations aren’t intangible — they just aren’t part of the box score. They get quantified in a number of ways, and Ekpe lived up to most of those metrics when healthy.

      • Also to be fair, the point of a box out is to get rebounds. If you don’t get rebounds, that box out can be debated as ever existing. Are we saying that the guys who got rebounds weren’t boxing out? No. Are we saying that they boxed out also, but that for some reason almost all the rebounds bounced their way? No. I’m saying that he is not a good rebounder and it will be nice to not have to justify his playing time.

    • You never had to hear about it there are options, but some people enjoyed it though(myself included)