HoopsHype Ekpe Udoh rumors

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One rival executive said fourth-year point guard Brandon Jennings and forward Ersan Ilyasova are not expected to be traded. But center Samuel Dalembert (expiring deal worth $6.7 million) and fourth-year forward Ekpe Udoh could help get the deal done. USA Today Sports

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Warriors have also talked with Milwaukee Bucks about moving down to the 12th slot. The Bucks are looking to move up to secure one of the big men they like (John Henson, Tyler Zeller). If Thursday, Milwaukee believes Henson and Zeller will be gone (leaving them stuck with less-ready Meyers Leonard or Jared Sullinger and his back concerns), Bucks GM John Hammond may take the bait. Golden State could get Luc Mbah a Moute in return or even get Ekpe Udoh back. I’ve got to think Mark Jackson would prefer Ekpe Udoh. He had Ekpe playing his best ball before the Warriors (reluctantly) traded him to Milwaukee. Contra Costa Times

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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

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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

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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

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