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After spending 1 1/2 seasons with the Golden State Warriors, he was traded on March 13 to the Milwaukee Bucks as part of the deal that saw scoring machine Monta Ellis, ex-Piston Kwame Brown and Udoh go to the Bucks for center Andrew Bogut and swingman Stephen Jackson. Udoh recalled that night just before this season's trade deadline before the Bucks' 113-97 win over the Pistons on Friday night at the Palace. "I had no clue what was going to happen," said Udoh, who spent two seasons in Ann Arbor before transferring to Baylor after one season under U-M coach John Beilein. Detroit Free Press

"Coming off the court in Sacramento, I will never forget seeing on TV that I had been traded. It's surreal, really. But it's a business, and I got a firsthand glimpse of that. I understand that now, and now I'm with the Bucks, and I'm going to give it my all." The shock of it might be the downside, but the fact that the Bucks are fighting for a playoff spot is definitely an upside. They are only two games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Detroit Free Press

March 14, 2012 Updates

The Bucks are trading center Andrew Bogut and veteran guard Stephen Jackson to Golden State in exchange for Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and the expiring contract of Kwame Brown, according to league sources. It's the first big deal prior to Thursday's trading deadline. The 7-foot Bogut is moving on after spending his first six-plus seasons with Milwaukee, after being taken No. 1 overall in the 2005 draft by the Bucks. Milwaukee gets a shooting guard to pair with point guard Brandon Jennings, giving the team a potentially dynamic starting backcourt. Ellis has two years left on his contract totaling $22 million but he has an opt-out after next season. Bogut played in just 12 games this season before fracturing his left ankle in a game played in Houston on Jan. 25. It's uncertain if he will be able to return this season. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Ellis held a closed-door session with his teammates, ahead of tonight’s game against the Kings. Also from the locker room: “Lots of head shaking among Warriors players. Steph Curry just walked over to a solo Udoh and hugged him.” “Dorell Wright, ‘I’ll talk about the game. I’m not talking about the trade crap.’ ” “Ekpe Udoh says he hasn’t been informed of a trade. ‘I’ve got 80 minutes to find out.’ ” One Warriors player said: “If we’re giving up, I can feel my hip hurting already.” San Francisco Chronicle

Mark Jackson on the trade: "We are grown-ups and it hurts, so we are not going to sugarcoat it. We talked about it, we laughed, we cried and then we understood the mission was still the same, and it was a great win for us. I can't comment on anything officially right now but those three guys (Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh, Kwame Brown) bought into the system from Day 1. I owe a lot to them. People questioned me as a first-time coach, but those guys bought in since Day 1." Sulia

March 13, 2012 Updates
March 12, 2012 Updates

The Warriors are now just three games out of the eighth seed in the West. The talk in the locker room after the win over the Clippers was about being right in the playoff hunt, and how a win like Sunday night's is exactly what they needed. Ekpe Udoh: "We're about to make this run. We're right there." Sulia

March 9, 2012 Updates

League sources say the Warriors have informed teams that they're only interested in moving Monta Ellis in a trade with Orlando that lands them Dwight Howard. Rival executives are skeptical that Golden State would give up significant assets (such as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Ekpe Udoh) without a long-term commitment from Howard, who has indicated that the Bay Area is not on his list of preferred destinations. CBSSports.com

March 1, 2012 Updates

Udoh admits he hears his name mentioned in trade talks from time to time but ultimately ignores most of the reports which surface. “I don’t pay any attention to [trade rumors],” Udoh told HOOPSWORLD. “I just go about my day. At the end of the day it’s a business. The only thing you can control is coming out and playing hard.” Based on the team’s performance to start the season Udoh also understands if the trade winds ship him or one of the squad’s star players away. “We’re united but at the end of the day you have to start winning games,” Udoh said referring to the best way to stop trade rumors from surfacing. HoopsWorld

January 17, 2012 Updates

The second-year big men are linked because the Warriors selected Udoh with the No. 6 pick in the 2010 draft, one spot ahead of where Detroit snagged Monroe. Riley said he doesn't regret the decision because Udoh is a better fit for the Warriors. "With draft picks, oftentimes you pick a guy and somebody two spots or 10 spots later ends up being a pretty good player," he said. "That's the nature of the draft. There are probably some people who would say they should have taken (Stephen) Curry earlier. Ekpe is going to continue to develop, he's going to get stronger, and we're confident that he's going to come into his own." San Francisco Chronicle

January 16, 2012 Updates

Riley said Udoh won’t be judged by Monroe. A couple team sources said they take solace in the fact that Udoh is still a good draft pick even if Monroe may have the sexier numbers. Monroe is the better scorer and rebounder. Frankly, he’s the better basketball player. He has the most star potential. He makes opposing teams game plan against him. Contra Costa Times

But Udoh, the Warriors hope, will develop his scoring and rebounding and make up the difference with his intangibles. Over time, Golden State is praying, that will make Udoh the most valuable to them. And make their passing of Monroe that much more palatable. RILEY: “What you have with draft picks, often times you’ll pick a guy and somebody picked two spots or 10 spots behind him will turn out to be a good player. So you know that’s part of the nature of the draft. … You have to work with that. You have to understand that, that happens from time to time and we feel like that Ekpe is still going to grow.” Contra Costa Times

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