NBA Roundtable

Udoka Returns To Portland

In Free Agency on September 25, 2009 at 7:19 pm

NBA Fanhouse reports

Udoka’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed Friday his client will sign with the Trail Blazers. It will be a one-year minimum contract worth $959,111 and likely partially guaranteed.

“We talked a lot with Denver,” Bartelstein said about Udoka, who played last season with San Antonio. “But it’s a good fit (for Udoka). They really let us know they wanted him.” Udoka, who previously played for the Trail Blazers in 2006-07, was born and raised in Portland, and played collegiately at Portland State.

  • I think this is a very bad decision by Udoka and his agent.
  • The Blazers are already overloaded with talent on the wings with Brandon Roy, Nicolas Batum, Martell Webster, Rudy Fernandez and Travis Outlaw.
  • Question: Where are Udoka’s minutes going to come from? Answer: Nowhere.
  • Not only is Udoka in a terrible situation minutes/role wise, but he only got a partially guaranteed contract to boot.

Ime Udoka may have just booked his ticket out of the NBA … not now, but in 12 months time … the combination of his (1) age (2) that he’s not overly established as an NBA player with just three serviceable seasons on his books, and, (3) that he’s very unlikely to sniff any playing time next year. You add those three factors on top of Udoka’s troubles this offseason and next year could spell disaster for him.

The priority for Udoka’s next team/contract should have been minutes orientated. This is a mistake.

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  1. Dave,

    Agreed. I thought this was a typo when I read it the first time through. Of all the teams in the NBA for him to sign with … he chose the worst one possible.

    Portland on the other hand, just signed a solid insurance policy, as deep bench player.

  2. Sometimes players need to be reminded that as a professional player, you should sign with the team the pays you the most for the longest period of time. Usually that’s not a problem, cause the dream of playing in the NBA won’t buy you villas in France after one’s retired.

    Returning to Poland (Europe) was probably the better option.

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