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Kelenna Azubuike | Guard/Forward

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 215
College: Kentucky

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Kelenna Azubuike discussed signing with the French team ASVEL but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement.
It's been a long time since we've heard about Azubuike, whose promising career was derailed by a horrible knee injury in 2009. He was waived by the Cavaliers last year after forgettable stints in the D-League and with the Mavericks, and it's unclear if he'll be able to mount another comeback attempt in the NBA or anywhere else. Sat, Aug 3, 2013 07:44:00 PM

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The Cavaliers have waived swingman Kelenna Azubuike.

The Cavs owe Azubuike a guaranteed $1.1 million, which makes this somewhat surprising, but obviously they weren't impressed with him during training camp. He's returning from a series of knee surgeries and may never regain his old athleticism, but we wouldn't be surprised if another team adds him to their roster.
Sun, Oct 14, 2012 02:55:00 PM

Kelenna Azubuike, coming off a lost season with a torn left patella, says he's 100 percent healthy and ready to have a good season for the Cavaliers.

If he truly is healthy, he could emerge as a sleeper in fantasy - especially if rookie Dion Waiters struggles early in the season. Keep an eye on him throughout training camp and the preseason.
Mon, Oct 1, 2012 02:47:00 PM

Kelenna Azubuike is said to be "moving well" on his surgically reconstructed knee and could be a factor on the wing for the Cavaliers this season, according to Cavs GM Chris Grant.

Azubuike's promising career was cut short after he tore his left patella tendon in 2009, but he appears to finally be moving well again. And given the Cavaliers lack of depth and experienced talent on the wings, it's possible that Azubuike could make some noise this season. We're not ready to tell you to draft him, but he's definitely worth keeping an eye on in training camp in case his knee has finally made a full recovery. He averaged 14 points, five rebounds and more than a 3-pointer per game for the Warriors in 2008-09 before suffering the knee injury that limited him to a total of 12 games over the past two seasons.
Tue, Aug 21, 2012 11:53:00 PM

The Cavaliers plan to invite Kelenna Azubuike to training camp to "see if he can still play" -- if not, they'll be in the market for a backup SG.

Rookie Dion Waiters is expected to start at SG, while backup Daniel Gibson is recovering from a torn tendon in his foot, so Azubuike's health is important for Cleveland. He's a 40.9 percent 3-point shooter for his career, but multiple knee surgeries have obliterated his fantasy value and cast doubt upon his future in the NBA. Hopefully the 28-year-old swingman will have a positive training camp.
Source: News-Herald
Sun, Jul 29, 2012 10:01:00 AM

Byron Scott isn't sure whether Kelenna Azubuike will help the Cavaliers this season, but he does believe Azubuike has recovered from multiple knee surgeries.

"If he's healthy, from what I saw in the past, he can play," said Scott. "He could help us. But right now, it's two or three years later with a couple of surgeries, so I've got to see him on the basketball court.'' Azubuike is still 28 years old, so we're not ruling out the possibility that he'll become a rotation player again.
Sun, Jul 15, 2012 03:43:00 PM

Kelenna Azubuike was traded from the Mavericks to the Cavaliers as part of Thursday's draft-day deal for No. 17 pick Tyler Zeller.

Azubuike made three brief appearances for the Mavs last season, a great sign after he needed two surgeries to repair a torn left patella tendon -- the first surgery was reportedly "botched." His health is the huge question mark here, but at full strength he's good enough to compete for a starting job.
Fri, Jun 29, 2012 12:08:00 AM

Kelenna Azubuike made his second appearance of the season on Saturday, going scoreless in four minutes.

Azubuike won't make any impact this year, but it's great to see him back in an NBA uniform after a devastating knee injury. Keep an eye on him this summer.
Sat, Apr 21, 2012 11:22:00 PM

Mavericks recalled Kelenna Azubuike from the D-League.

With Lamar Odom leaving the team and Jason Kidd (groin) resting, the Mavs need bodies. Azubuike will be depth on the wing behind Vince Carter, Shawn Marion, Jason Terry and Roddy Beaubois.
Mon, Apr 9, 2012 01:09:00 PM

Mavericks assigned G/F Kelenna Azubuike to the Texas Legends of the D-League.

This is the fourth blurb for Azubuike today after not having one all year, so it's been a busy day for the freshly signed swingman. He'll head to the D-League for some needed playing time.
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 01:01:00 PM

Mavericks signed G/F Kelenna Azubuike.

Azubuike will head to the D-League to hone his game, but the contract is for the remainder of the season and a team option for 2012-13. It's another good bargain pickup by Dallas, but he won't make an impact for fantasy owners.
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 11:31:00 AM

Kelenna Azubuike (knee) will begin in the D-League after his signing with the Mavericks becomes official.

The veteran will look to get his legs back under him after missing most of the last two seasons with knee troubles. He'll eventually work his way back up to the NBA where he'll come off the bench for Dallas.
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 10:47:00 AM

The Mavericks are reportedly "close to signing" Kelenna Azubuike to a contract.

The deal would be contingent on the swingman passing a physical, which is certainly no slam dunk. He underwent patella surgery in 2009 and hasn't played in the league since the 2009-10 season. He reportedly needed another surgery in March of 2011 on the troublesome knee, so we'll have to wait and see if he passes the physical. The Mavericks recently waived Sean Williams, creating an open roster spot.
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 09:37:00 AM

Free agent G/F Kelenna Azubuike needs another surgery on his troublesome knee.

It's a really bad turn of events for Azubuike as his first patella tendon operation was botched. "They put his knee back together wrong," a source told the New York Post. Now Azubuike has another long uphill climb to get back on the NBA radar.
Tue, Mar 22, 2011 11:09:00 AM

The Knicks waived G/F Kelenna Azubuike (knee) on Monday.

The Knicks did not feel that he would be healthy enough to contribute this season so they made the move. Azubuike will be a free agent this upcoming season and will need to prove to teams that he has the explosiveness he had in Golden State.
Mon, Feb 28, 2011 08:22:00 PM

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