HoopsHype Ekpe Udoh rumors

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

January 15, 2012 Updates

Barbieri: Howard may not like it much, but I think you're right - I think it did give you the best chance to win, especially shorthanded like that. Mark Jackson: The score is 22-13 in the first quarter, and after Dre (Andris Biedrins) picks up his foul we have to take him out, and Ekpe Udoh comes into the game. The very first play, Dwight Howard spins, gets to the rim and dunks it. We were smaller, and physically he's so dominant, so we had no other option - and he's a bad free-throw shooter. If you look at the numbers, 21-for-39 is nothing to be proud of. It gave us a chance to be in control of that game. We did it for three reasons: because he's a bad free-throw shooter, to eliminate his dominance and then to eliminate their three-point shooting. It took them out of rhythm offensively. San Francisco Chronicle

December 11, 2011 Updates
December 7, 2011 Updates

According to sources close to the talks, the Warriors' offer includes third-year guard Stephen Curry, rookie guard Klay Thompson and second-year forward Ekpe Udoh. Golden State would pay a hefty price on top of losing those players because its plan would involve waiving center Andris Biedrins via the new amnesty clause (his deal has three years and $27 million remaining) and signing Chandler to a four-year deal that would likely start in the neighborhood of $15 million annually. There is conflicting information on the Clippers' offer, as a source close to the team disputed a report that shooting guard Eric Gordon and Jordan had been offered as trade pieces but other sources insisted that the two, as well as second-year guard Eric Bledsoe, had been made available to the Hornets. SI.com

November 28, 2011 Updates

Ekpe Udoh: Back in the in the United States safely So happy to be back and to start back up playing. Prob hit Waco again and get some practice time!! Had a great time in Israel with my bros tweety and lace. Thanks to Bnei Hasharon for having me even though it was shorter than expected!!! Twitter

November 27, 2011 Updates
November 21, 2011 Updates
September 6, 2011 Updates

Seems like Warriors forward Ekpe Udoh is not thrilled about the possibility of playing abroad during the lockout. “He’s not going overseas,” agent Chris Luchey told HoopsHype. “Obviously, he has a number of options if he decided to go. At this present moment, he hasn’t showed me any interest in securing him a European deal.” HoopsHype

July 27, 2011 Updates
July 26, 2011 Updates

Power forward Ekpe Udoh is working on his degree at Baylor and doing workouts there in Waco, Texas. Shooting guard Monta Ellis has made some appearances at youth camps in the Southeast and shoots nearly every day at the courts on his 6.5-acre Tennessee estate. Mid-level staffers from both the owner and player sides met Friday, but no negotiating sessions involving Commissioner David Stern or NBPA executive director Billy Hunter have been scheduled. No top-level meetings, no new proposals and no movement toward an end since the lockout began. San Francisco Chronicle

July 16, 2011 Updates

Stephen Curry, Jarrett Jack, Marvin Williams, Jodie Meeks, Ekpe Udoh, Chris Singleton, Jon Leuer and many others are trading their playbooks for textbooks. Other players, such as Derrick Williams and Brandon Knight, haven't started the process but are considering re-enrolling at their respective schools. "I have to get that degree," said Udoh, who is currently chipping away at the final 14 hours of his undergraduate degree at Baylor University. HoopsWorld

July 14, 2011 Updates

Ekpe Udoh is not unlike the average college student, as the former Baylor star who returned to the classroom after a long layoff recently had this to tweet: I hate when the teacher calls on me and I'm zoned out. Get it together ekpe geeesh What makes the 6-foot-10 Udoh's presence on campus unique is that he is an NBA player, one of many who are looking to go back to school to work toward their degrees during the lockout. Udoh, who led Baylor to an Elite Eight appearance in 2010, isn't even the only former NCAA tournament hero-turned first-round draft pick on his own Golden State Warriors team to look toward using the free time to attend classes. ESPN.com

June 21, 2011 Updates

The Golden State Warriors would like to help them out with that by offering a trade, according to a tweet from John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR in Phoenix. Suns and Warriors have discussed trade scenarios in which Robin Lopez goes to Golden State and 11th pick plus (Ekpe) Udoh ends up with Phoenix NBCSports.com

June 19, 2011 Updates
June 18, 2011 Updates

If the new Warriors regime hasn’t been exciting enough already, Jonathan Givony of Draftexpress.com reports that the Warriors have offered Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins and Ekpe Udoh for Dwight Howard. Givony adds that it is “unlikely that’ll get it done,” which I interpret as the Warriors package is pretty worthless. If the Magic are in rebuilding mode, being strapped with two long-term deals in Ellis and Biedrins, a combo that has not won many games together, is hardly the way to go. And Udoh clearly has not and probably will never project as the next in line of great Orlando Magic centers. SB Nation

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