Report | Jazz to sign Ekpe Udoh to two-year deal

February 26, 2013: Milwaukee Bucks power forward Ekpe Udoh #13 in the low post against defender Dallas Mavericks small forward Shawn Marion #0 during an NBA game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX Milwaukee defeated Dallas 95-90
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The Utah Jazz have agreed to sign big man Ekpe Udoh to a two-year, $6.5 million deal, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Udoh spent the last two years in the Euroleague, playing for Fenerbache of Turkey.

Last season, he averaged 12.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.2 blocks per game in 31 games for Fenerbache, shooting 58.4 percent from the floor and making 64.4 percent of his free-throw attempts.

The 30-year-old Udoh, who played his college basketball at Baylor University, was originally selected by the Golden State Warriors with the sixth overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft.

At the time, Udoh projected to be a star-caliber player on the NBA level due to his length and athleticism.

Needless to say, it didn’t exactly work out that way.

Udoh recorded just 4.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game during his rookie campaign, and midway through his second season, the Warriors traded Udoh along with Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks in a deal that landed Andrew Bogut in Oakland.

While Udoh still showed a penchant for blocking shots, his offensive game remained sorely lacking, as Udoh posted 5.6 points per game off of 43.1 shooting during his second year.

He spent two-and-a-half unproductive years with the Bucks before landing with the Los Angeles Clippers for the 2014-15 campaign, playing in 33 games and averaging 0.9 points and 0.8 rebounds in 3.9 minutes a night.

That was Udoh’s last stop in the NBA before heading over to Europe.

Now, Udoh is getting another shot.

The Jazz have been busy this summer. While they lost Gordon Hayward to the Boston Celtics in free agency, they traded for Ricky Rubio and signed Jonas Jerebko and Thabo Sefolosha.

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