Current Milwaukee Bucks forward Ekpe Udoh is another name that could interest Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge before this Thursday’s trading deadline. He is certainly a guy the Bucks could move as they are already well stocked with long, lengthy forwards who have a weak offensive game. Larry Sanders and John Henson are both ahead of him on the depth chart at full strength, and so is Samuel Dalembert.
Udoh was part of the blockbuster trade last season between the Bucks and the Golden State Warriors that also involved Andrew Bogut and Monta Ellis. The Warriors drafted Udoh sixth overall in the 2010 NBA Draft, and they were mightily questioned for the pick at the time. Udoh was talented, but he was an extremely raw player who had a long way to go offensively. His offensive troubles still plague him three years later, and his defense really hasn’t been all that impressive either.
It is no secret that the Celtics would love to acquire another big man on their terms. Guys like Demarcus Cousins and Marcin Gortat seem like long shots, but a lesser name like Udoh does seem possible. He is 6’10, and would offer a decent backup at both forward positions in the Celtics front court.
As with most of the guys we have been previewing leading up to the deadline, Udoh is clearly not a game-changer and will not be challenging Kevin Garnett for his starting minutes anytime soon. He would be another big body who could give head coach Doc Rivers some minutes.
Ekpe Udoh is certainly not a franchise-changer but when you are looking to add depth, he is a guy that could make sense for the Celtics organization.