According to Yahoo's Marc Spears (and later confirmed by the Clips) the LA Clippers have signed former Bucks big man Ekpe Udoh to a one year deal at 1 million. Udoh averaged 3.4 points and 3.5 rebounds last year in a little under 20 minutes. It will be his fifth season in the NBA this year. He was originally a number six pick by the Golden State Warriors in the 2010 draft.
In my opinion it's a sweet deal for the Clips bringing in a defensive big man to back up DeAndre Jordan, the Clips only rim protector. They were sorely lacking a defensive big last year.
First reported by Dan Woike, the Clippers have also signed Chris-Douglas Roberts today. (The official press release is here). Douglas-Roberts played for Charlotte last year, averaged 21 minutes for 6.9 points and 2.4 rebounds. Interestingly he's not known as a shooter but took almost three a game last year and made 38% of them. His rebound numbers are also really low for a small forward. He's 6'7" and weighs 200 pounds. Going by Matt Barnes numbers last year, CDR is younger, probably an equivalent shooter, a lesser rebounder. If he plays defense at Barnes level or a little better he's a great fit on a minimum deal.
The Clips have brought two nice pieces to fill out their bench. Does this mean that Hedo Turkoglu is NOT coming to Clipperland? Ray Allen?
It's always seemed more likely that Allen would skip training camp and maybe the first half of the season before making a decision... it saves wear and tear and he can pick the most likely contender. Turkoglu didn't want to come to the Clips without a guaranteed deal last year, could that be the issue this year as well?