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Point guard Beno Udrih to sign with New York Knicks

Aug 8, 2013, 10:37 AM EDT

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The Knicks have picked up a very solid third point guard for their roster.

According to multiple reports, Beno Udrih has decided to sign with New York on a one-year deal for the veteran minimum (Al Iannazzone of Newsday was first).

Through his nine NBA seasons Udrih has been steady if unspectacular — he averaged 9.1 points a game over his career shooting 46.2 percent, he can set up and offense and knock down threes (career 35.2 percent). He played especially well at the end of the last season in Orlando when asked to run the show for the injured Jameer Nelson.

He’s not a game changer, but for a minimum deal to be your third point guard, this is about as good a get as the Knicks could hope for. The Memphis Grizzlies had been trying to court Udrih as well, but he chose NYC.

Over the course of a long season — especially on a team where Raymond Felton has battled injury issues and his backup is 36-year-old Pablo Prigioni — Udrih is going to be needed. Plus, he has played off the ball at times and shown a good catch-and-shoot ability from three. You can throw in he’s pretty good in transition with an impressive pull-up jumper.

All of which is to say Udrih is going to get minutes. And when he does the Slovenian will be solid.

  1. nycalldayz - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Beno Udrih has decided to sign with New York on a one-year deal for the veteran minimum. Correction, Udrih had no choice, because he wasn’t getting more than the vets minimum anywhere. With this signing the Knicks are championship contenders. Look out NBA here come the Knicks! lol

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      Not every transaction has to move a team into instant championship contention to be considered a good move. This move will improve the Knicks’ depth at a position where the starter has injury issues and the backup is well over 30. This move gives the Knicks a player who can shoot the ball and effectively initiate the offense. While this move does not move them to the favorite to win the championship, it does make them a slightly better team than they were yesterday, which makes it a good move.

      • nycalldayz - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        @asimonetti88

        I was being sarcastic. Any move by the Knicks will likely not make them contenders. The unfortunate reality is Carmelo and JR Smith are the Knicks two leading scorers. When your two leading scorers are Anthony and Smith that’s recipe for disaster.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        New Yawkers don’t understand sarcasm. All they understand is losing year after year.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        jimee, if you’re referring to me, I’m neither a Knicks fan or a New Yorker. I’ve never even been to the city. I’m just pointing out a fact. There’s a lot of troll posts on this site, and this time I felt compelled to return some sense to the discussion.

  2. hartdaddy - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    One more roster spot, I say go Ivan Johnson & call it an off season.

    • archibaldnemesis - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      im interested in ivan johnson but would love them to grab drew gooden.

  3. mdobrasz - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Yes, I’m a little biased as a Knicks fan, but I think this Knicks looks FAR better than we did last year. No Camby and Kurt Thomas to wheel onto the court, no Novak and Copeland playing matador defense, and some game-changers in Bargnani and MWP…..now we’ve shored up the point and added Tyler for some more height. I really like it…..excited to pound on Miami again this year!

  4. knicksmets - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    I thought the grizzlies were going after him, all well solid offseason for them especially since they did not have too much money to work with

  5. bux1022 - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Big pick up! Could easily end up our # 2 PG by seasons end. Helin thought we didn’t have a chance to sign him a few days ago as with the rest of the haters. We have gotten better year in and year out. 2nd best team in the East last season and won the Atlantic. I posted many posts before last season began and all the Haters, Helin being the biggest, mocked the Knicks for their age and look how that turned out!!!

    • Kurt Helin - Sep 6, 2013 at 2:50 AM

      Yes, you guys won the… first round.

      You’d be amazed at how little I care how the Knicks do one way or another but how much I enjoy watching Knicks fans get riled up over nothing.

  6. cantonbound13 - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Great signing

    • m4a188 - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      good signing

  7. kpatrick51 - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    After pursuing a long list of cheap FA options at the point, including scrubs like Aaron Brooks and Chris Duhon, the Knicks look pretty good rounding out their bench with Udrih. I like this move a lot.

  8. bux1022 - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    @jimeejohnson

    Well in own multiple rings in every sport, Knicks being the most dormant. Bet your a Heat fan from New Mexico u scrub!

    • cantonbound13 - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      He’s just a moron. It’s a wonder how he figured out the registration process.

  9. lew24 - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Geez…seems that they have tried to sign everyone!

  10. jzone954 - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Who??? Im just teasing ya canton:)

  11. 00maltliquor - Aug 9, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Good value move NY!

  12. jolink653 - Aug 9, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Whatever happened to Mr. Wright? He used to be on top of every Knicks article

  13. dysraw1 - Aug 9, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Ray and the double P better take their games up a notch, this guy Beno could take their spots

  14. jtbsteeler - Aug 9, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    The Knicks roster, on paper is alot better than last season. They should’ve won 60+ games. Shump and Amare started late and KMart wasn’t around until later.

    This is the best Knicks roster since they beat Miami 3 straight seasons in the playoffs.

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