On the afternoon before the NBA’s free agency period began, the Milwaukee Bucks opted not to make a qualifying offer to forward Ekpe Udoh, making the four-year veteran an unrestricted free agent.
Udoh was scheduled to be a restricted free agent, but in order to retain the right to match any offer Udoh received in free agency, the Bucks would have had to extend the 27-year-old Baylor product a qualifying offer of $5,962,377.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reported the change in Udoh’s free agency status.
Udoh was a member of the Bucks’ banged up frontcourt last year, limited to just 42 games because of knee and ankle injuries, and was not particularly productive when he could play.
Udoh averaged 3.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and a block in 19.1 minutes per game last season, shooting 39.9 percent from the floor and 63.8 percent from the line.
He made 14 starts last year.
Udoh was the sixth-overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Golden State Warriors after averaging 13.9 points and 9.8 rebounds in one season at Baylor. That came after Udoh transferred from Michigan following the 2007-08 season after playing two seasons with the Wolverines.
But Udoh never really clicked at the NBA level, averaging just 4.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 19.3 minutes per game in parts of two seasons with the Warriors, while shooting 44 percent from the floor and 68.8 percent at the foul line.