Ime Udoka to Sign With Portland, Joey Graham With Denver
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.
Meanwhile, the Nuggets will sign Graham, who averaged 7.7 points last season with Toronto, to a one-year non-guaranteed contract worth $884,881. Sources confirmed the deal. Nuggets guard J.R. Smith said he has heard Graham will sign, and called him "really athletic.''
The Nuggets had really wanted to sign free-agent guard Flip Murray, and offered him the minimum of $1.1 million. But Charlotte topped that Thursday with a one-year offer of the $1.99 million biannual exception, and Murray went to the Hornets.
The Nuggets have been looking for a wing player to replace Linas Kleiza, who bolted as a free agent in August. But the thinking now is Graham and James White, who also has a non-guaranteed contract, can fight it out in training camp for a possible roster spot.