Storyline: Ekpe Udoh Free Agency

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Once American players end up in the Euroleague, they rarely return to the N.B.A. But Mr. Udoh’s transformation has been so formidable that some think he can be an exception, with rumors of a move to the Philadelphia 76ers this summer. (“No comment,” Mr. Udoh said.) Some of Mr. Udoh’s fans cannot believe he would accept such a move, so enthusiastic has he been for all things Turkish. “He won’t leave,” said Mr. Elmas, the fan outside Fenerbahce stadium. “He loves it here.”

“It’s definitely a possibility to come back to the NBA,” Udoh told The Vertical. “I can see myself fitting back today. I have lowered my weight to 240, so I’m even more mobile. I protect the rim, get out in transition and I’m able to play with any team and guard one through five. “That was a big focal point around the NBA this past season, finishing off the pick-and-roll or hitting the open man. I can fit back in the NBA with whatever decision that I make.”

Udoh’s contract expires at the end of the Turkish playoffs and after his highly impressive debut season in Euroleague, he is going to be one of the hottest free agents in the continent. Of course, there’s always the possibility of a return to the NBA, a chance that few players can say “no” to. Fenerbahce fans have already begun a campaign on twitter with the hashtag #staywithusEkpe, while the club’s team manager, Omer Onan had said that “he won’t play for any other team in Europe”.
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