Udoh agreed to a one-year contract Sunday with the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association, Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops.net reports. The exact total of Udoh's deal hasn't yet been revealed, but he'll reportedly become the CBA's highest-paid import player. After a stellar career in the EuroLeague from 2015-16 through 2016-17, Udoh didn't find much success while largely serving as a third-string center for the Jazz the past two seasons. He appeared in only 51 contests in 2018-19, averaging 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 6.3 minutes.
Udoh has several offers from international teams and may consider returning to Europe next season, Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News reports. An unrestricted free agent this summer, Udoh hopes to come to a quick decision within "the next week or so," per the Deseret News. Udoh is believed to be open to remaining in the NBA, but the 32-year-old saw limited opportunities over the last two seasons in Utah. "The two years have been good," Udoh said last month. "Didn't get the opportunities that I wanted but I was with a great team, a great organization and was able to build relationships that will last for a lifetime so I'll just continue to push that, continue to get better and we'll see what happens this summer."
Udoh managed 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-6 FT), 13 rebounds, five assists, and four blocks in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 143-137 loss to the Clippers. Udoh moved into the starting lineup with Rudy Gobert (rest) on the sidelines, finishing with 14 points and 13 rebounds to go with four blocked shots. Like a number of other players, Udoh is not going to see playing time like this again but he certainly demonstrated an ability to have value when moved into a significant role.
Udoh will start Wednesday's game against the Clippers, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports. Udoh will fill in for Rudy Gobert, who's out for rest purposes. In 50 appearances this year, Udoh's averaging 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 5.8 minutes.
Udoh (back) has been cleared to play Monday against the Thunder. As expected, Udoh has been given the green light to participate in Monday's contest following a nine-game absence due to a back issue. He sits near the back end of the rotation for the Jazz, so he's unlikely to see more than 10 minutes per contest after returning to health.
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