Utah Jazz waive Boris Diaw, will sign Euroleague MVP Ekpe Udoh


A person with direct knowledge of the deals says the Utah Jazz have reached agreements to sign free agents Thabo Sefolosha, Jonas Jerebko and Ekpe Udoh.

The Utah Jazz waived power forward Boris Diaw ahead of his contract guarantee date, league sources told The Salt Lake Tribune. The 6-foot-10 center averaged 4.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 19.3 minutes per game in a season and a half with the Warriors after Golden State drafted Udoh with the sixth overall pick in 2010.

Udoh spent the last two seasons in Turkey, where he won a Euroleague championship with Fenerbahce.

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With Udoh, the Jazz will have additional frontcourt depth aside from Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors.

His best season statistically came in 2008-2009 as a member of the Bobcats when he averaged 15.1 points and 5.9 rebounds. He posted a woeful 49.4 true shooting percentage and a -3.3 nERD rating, ranking whim 428th out of 486 National Basketball Association players last season.

The Vertical's Shams Charania on Thursday reported that the Jazz have made the move two days before the Frenchman's $7.5 million salary for the 2017-2018 season was to be guaranteed, signaling that they could not find a suitable trade partner for his contract.