It was one of those times when nobody wanted to say anything – or even give as much of a glance. The tension could be cut with a knife, but, after last night’s deadline passed and Udoka was not sumoned to Coach Westphal’s office, he knew he was in the clear.
The Sacramento Kings decided that keeping Udoka was the right move as they made the choice not to waive the veteran swingman, guaranteeing the remainder of his contract this season.
Questions circulated about Udoka’s role on the Kings with the return of Kevin Martin and Francisco Garcia looming but the Kings felt it was in their best interest to retain the defensive role player for the rest of the 2009-10 season.
Now with the return of Martin and Garcia, along with the emergence of Donte Greene, Omri Casspi and the solid contributions of Beno Udrih, Sergio Rodriguez, and Andres Nocioni – the Kings backcourt and especially the small forward position has become extremely deep…maybe even too deep. There simply wont be enough minutes to go around…and one has to think a trade might be in the works within the next month or so.
With the Boston Celtics looming for one more defensive minded, three point shooter…one can’t help but think about a Tony Allen/expirings for Andres Nocioni deal being a possibility.