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Report: Knicks trying hard to sign Beno Udrih

Jul 31, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT

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Beno Udrih was traded from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Orlando Magic last season, enjoying a mild career resurgence when he was handed the reigns late in the season while  getting some spot starts in the absence of starting point guard Jameer Nelson. The 31-year-old Slovenian’s decent production while his team went 2-16 to end the season didn’t earn him much fanfare on this year’s free agent market, unsurprisingly, but the New York Knicks are apparently still interested in his services for the upcoming season.

The journeyman point guard was paid nearly $32.5 million over the past five seasons spent with the Sacramento Kings, Bucks and Magic, but ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that the Knicks are trying hard to convince him to move to New York if he’s willing to take a bit of a pay-cut. Actually, a pretty large pay-cut, unfortunately for Udrih, considering the Knicks only have enough room under the salary cap to offer the nine-year NBA veteran a minimum contract. If Udrih can match the 10.2 points and 6.1 assists in 27 minutes like he did with the Magic last year, that’d end up being a pretty solid get.

Udrih’s been a consistently average point guard in the NBA since joining the San Antonio Spurs as a backup in 2004, but there’s value in consistency when it comes to backup point guards. The Knicks haven’t had a lot of luck when it comes to injuries in its backcourt over the past few seasons. Between incumbent starter Raymond Felton, Udrih and 36-year-old veteran Pablo Prigioni, though, New York’s backcourt should always be occupied with a steady hand to guide the offense.

The Knicks could also play Udrih off the ball like the Bucks did during the 2011-12 season, but his value there is only truly intriguing if he’s making and taking shots like he did with the Magic to end last season. The lefty’s shot selection has very rarely been lauded by those watching him play (his pull-up jumper in transition is even legendary in some circles) but the fact that he was able knock said shots in Orlando certainly helped his plight. In a 27-game sample, the 6-foot-3 gunner shot 39.6 percent from beyond the arc — his best percentage since his rookie year — while taking more 3-point shots than he had since his time in Sacramento.

The Knicks getting Udrih might not be a game-changer. If he’s able to stay productive on a minimum contract, though, it’ll likely be considered a nice signing when all is said and done.

  1. shanydawg - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    THIS JUST IN: Knicks in negotiations with Meadowlark Lemon for a multi-year deal.

    • nycalldayz - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      Got a Knicks joke:

      Q: What is the difference between a Knicks fan and a baby?

      A: The baby will stop whining after awhile.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        Excellent. New Yawk hasn’t won crap in a long, long time.

  2. nycalldayz - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    I’m hearing the Knicks might sign my barber. The Knicks are such a poorly run franchise, they’re doing any and everything to make headlines.

  3. djlexluger - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Ignorance is bliss.

  4. jzone954 - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Waiting for cantonbound to here has this is a “good move”….

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      He’s too busy being jealous of the Heat and LeBron James, but he is the perfect representative of what the Knicks have been for 15 years: LOSERS!

  5. wizkidshoes - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    I think he would be a great addition. He’s a solid defender, doesn’t lose his man off-the-ball and stays in front of most Point Guards while big enough to defend bigger Shooting Guards in a pinch. He could be a good shooter, and he controls the offense well and doesn’t turn the ball over. We could do much worse for a 3rd string PG on a min. contract. I would be fine with Toure Murry too, he’s really mature for his age (very important at the PG position), and is a better defender, but to me its a tossup between Udrih’s experience and Murry’s youth and defense. Go Knicks!!

  6. eboneseagles - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    More hate comments than fan comments… Keep hating.

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