The Golden State Warriors have been very aggressive over the last few seasons. They kicked things off when they acquired power forward David Lee as the New York Knicks parted ways with Lee to make room to sign big man Amar’e Stoudemire. Then they traded guard Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks in order to acquire center Andrew Bogut. That opened things up for Stephen Curry and gave them a better defensive presence next to him in guard Klay Thompson. Last year, they tried to make a run at free agent center Dwight Howard and after he signed with the Houston Rockets, they inked swingman Andrew Iguodala to a deal.
This year the Warriors tried to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love but refuse to part way with Thompson to do so. It doesn’t look like they will wind up making a big splash this season but they do still need a few pieces, including a backup center. Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders thinks Milwaukee Bucks’ big man Udoh would be a good fit for the Warriors.
They need another backup C, and old favorite Ekpe Udoh would be a good target. Festus Ezeli is coming off a year-long injury and was horrendous offensively as a rookie. I doubt he improved his hands much with a year of inactivity, so that’s a huge need. Unfortunately they only have the minimum to offer, but I think they have enough playing time at the backup big role that it should be attractive to a minimum guy.
Last season, Udoh averaged 3.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 block per game while shooting 39.9% from the field and 63.8% from the free throw line. He played in 41 games.
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