Fenerbahce Ulker Rumors
Euroleague center Ekpe Udoh helped lead Fenerbahce Istanbul to a league championship and now the No. 6 overall selection in the 2010 NBA draft is beginning a strong push to return to the NBA. Udoh has set a deadline early in July free agency to decide the best offer from six NBA teams and two elite Euroleague clubs, Fenerbahce and CSKA Moscow. NBA teams can begin meeting with players at midnight ET on July 1.
“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.”
The Suns enter Thursday’s draft with one more facet of next season’s roster cleared up. Bogdan Bogdanovic will not be on it. The Suns were exploring bringing Bogdanovic, their 2014 first-round draft pick, to Phoenix for the 2016-17 season but Bogdanovic opted to remain with his Fenerbahce club in Turkey.
The Suns will retain Bogdanovic’s rights but he will no longer be subject to the rookie contract scale of 2014 if he signs with the Suns. The Suns would have to pay him at least $957,200 in the first season of a future contact to be equivalent to what the 6-foot-6 guard would have received for being the 28th pick in the 2014 draft. Given his success overseas, Bogdanovic likely can command much more with the NBA salary cap sharply rising and the fact that he is only 23.