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Clippers sign a pair to bolser their bench

New Clipper Ekpe Udoh, a former lottery pick, was limited by injuries last season with the Bucks. he played in just 42 games MARK DUNCAN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Clippers signed big man Ekpe Udoh and wing Chris Douglas-Roberts on Wednesday.

With flexibility gained after trading Jared Dudley and a future first-round pick to Milwaukee, Doc Rivers bolstered the team’s bench with the moves.

“Chris and Ekpe are two versatile players who bring depth and a strong presence to our team,” Rivers said in a statement. “We are excited to add them to the roster.”

Udoh, 27, saw limited time in Milwaukee last season because of a variety of injuries, playing in just 42 games.

A former lottery pick, Udoh averaged 3.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 block in 19.1 minutes a game.

The minimum deals for Udoh and Douglas-Roberts are each worth just over $1 million because of their service time.

Douglas-Roberts, who played himself back into the NBA with Charlotte last season, gives the Clippers a “3-and-D” option off the bench.

Douglas-Roberts adds size and length on the defensive end in addition to hitting 38.6 percent from 3-point range last year.

Douglas-Roberts averaged 6.9 points per game last year, but is a capable scorer. In the final game of the season, a playoff loss to Miami, Douglas-Roberts scored 14 points in less than eight minutes off the bench.

The Clippers are also nearing a deal to re-sign forward Hedo Turkoglu.

NOTES

The Clippers also reportedly reached a deal to bring guard DeAndre Liggins to training camp on a partially guaranteed contract. Liggins made one appearance for the Miami Heat last season. He was released by Oklahoma City before the 2013 year after a domestic abuse arrest. ...

Player development assistant Howard Eisley accepted a position with the Washington Wizards, according to multiple reports. Eisley will be replacing Sam Cassell, who has agreed to a deal to join Rivers’ bench, though the move has yet to become official.

Contact the writer: dwoike@ocregister.com

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