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#7 Kelenna Azubuike
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  • Retired after 2012 season
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  • 6'5" / 215lbs
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  • 12/16/1983
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  • Undrafted, 2005
  • Kentucky
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DateLeagueTransaction
3rd October, 2005NBASigned a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Cleveland.
31st October, 2005NBAWaived by Cleveland.
6th December, 2005D-LeagueAcquired by Fort Worth Flyers.
28th July, 2006NBASigned a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Houston.
24th October, 2006NBAWaived by Houston.
1st November, 2006D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Fort Worth Flyers.
2nd January, 2007NBASigned an unguaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with Golden State.
17th July, 2007NBARe-signed by Golden State to a guaranteed two year minimum salary contract. Included player option for 2008/09.
12th June, 2008NBADeclined 2008/09 player option.
17th July, 2008NBASigned a three year, $9.3 million offer sheet with L.A. Clippers. Included player option for 2010/11.
24th July, 2008NBAGolden State matched L.A. Clippers' offer sheet.
4th May, 2010NBAExercised 2010/11 player option.
9th July, 2010NBATraded by Golden State, along with Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf, a 2012 second round pick (#38, Quincy Miller) and a 2013 second round pick (#51, Romero Osby) to New York in exchange for a signed-and-traded David Lee.
28th February, 2011NBAWaived by New York.
23rd March, 2012NBASigned a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season and through 2013 with Dallas. Immediately assigned to Texas Legends of the D-League.
9th April, 2012D-LeagueRecalled by Dallas from Texas Legends of the D-League.
2012 NBA DraftNBATraded by Dallas, along with the draft rights to Tyler Zeller (#17), to Cleveland in exchange for the draft rights to Bernard James (#33), Jared Cunningham (#24) and Jae Crowder (#34).
13th October, 2012NBAWaived by Cleveland.
Career Moves
Time PeriodTeam
2002 - 2005Kentucky (NCAA)
July 2005Cleveland Cavaliers (Summer League)
October 2005Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
December 2005 - June 2006Fort Worth Flyers (D-League)
July 2006Denver Nuggets (Summer League)
July 2006 - October 2006Houston Rockets (NBA)
November 2006 - January 2007Fort Worth Flyers (D-League)
January 2007 - July 2010Golden State Warriors (NBA)
July 2010 - February 2011New York Knicks (NBA)
March 2012 - June 2012Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
June 2012 - October 2012Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
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December 13, 2013

Kelenna Azubuike - Initially injured in November 2009, Azubuike did not play again until March 2012, when the Mavericks signed him to a guaranteed deal through 2014 and assigned him to the Texas Legends. There, Azubuike showed some signs, scoring 45 points in 87 minutes, but also looked highly rusty and nothing like the player who once led the D-League in scoring. Dallas then traded him to Cleveland in the Tyler Zeller deal, where the Cavaliers waived him despite his guaranteed deal, and Azubuike has not played since. He is pursuing business interests, yet has never proclaimed retirement - still only 29, Azubuike surely still has a chance of a comeback. And if he should be fit enough to do so, he was sufficiently good pre-injury that the NBA will certainly let him try.

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May 8, 2010

[...] The difference in talent between Ben Gordon and those incumbents is roughly equal to the difference between the eruption of Krakatoa and a termite farting. By putting together a lineup of Gordon/anyone/Deng/Pops/Archibald, with Freeland and Bryan-Amaning off the bench, Britain are now able to compete with any team; it matters not who the 'anyone' at two guard is. (It would be nice if it was Kelenna Azubuike, who was born in London; however, he is not eligible for a British passport. His parents were not in the country legally at the time of his birth, and Azubuike's passport application was turned down in 2007. It's a shame, because he's the missing piece.)

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