Jan 10, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) defends Milwaukee Bucks forward Ekpe Udoh (5) during the second quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Ekpe Udoh rumors: Rim protection makes signing Udoh 'worthwhile'

Most of the free agents in the NBA have already signed new contracts but there still could be a few hidden gems out there. One of those players could be Milwaukee Bucks’ free agent power forward/center Ekpe Udoh.

Rod Mahoney of Sports Illustrated believes his defense makes signing Udoh “worthwhile.”

Ever the afterthought, Udoh has drifted through his last few seasons as a spot contributor for the Milwaukee Bucks. The team’s lowly status and Udoh’s severe offensive limitations kept him from ever registering much of an NBA presence, but he could still pan out as a defensive difference-maker for a team better suited to mitigate his weaknesses. He’s neither a shooter nor a finisher, a combination in deficit that has led Udoh to an average of just 8.5 points per 36 minutes over four seasons. Rim protection, though, is extremely important and that specific skill makes signing Udoh worthwhile.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been tied to several rim protectors and Udoh is one of them while the Golden State Warriors have also express interest in signing Udoh.

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. In his four-year NBA career, the former Baylor Bear has put up 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 42.8% from the field and 71.8% free throw line.

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