Knicks Sign Beno Udrih

Earlier today, the Knicks signed point guard Beno Udrih to a one year deal worth $1.27M, the veteran’s minimum.

There were a few teams that were strongly interested in the 31 year old southpaw point guard, such as the Grizzlies, Spurs and the Sixers, but he ultimately chose New York.

The point guard vacancy left by Jason Kidd is now filled. Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni now have a great third point guard to back them up. Udrih was the ultimate safety net for the Knicks, in case if the Knicks’ other options (ex: Will Bynum) departed for somewhere else (surely enough, they did). Just yesterday, there were reports of franchise-record-22-assists-in-a-game Chris Duhon returning to New York for whatever ghastly reason as a backup quick fix. Thank goodness that didn’t happen. Bobby Brown was also another backup solution, but he decided to stay overseas.

Udrih averaged 8.2 PPG and 4.6 APG, while shooting 44% from the field last season with the Bucks and the Magic. I’ve always looked at him as a solid three point shooter that can distribute very well on pick and rolls. He’s on the same lines as last year’s Jason Kidd in the defending department; he’s not really what you’re looking for defensively, but if he’s on a hot shooting exposition, that’ll mask his defensive struggles. Udrih’s best skill, though, is his patented pull-up jumper, so you may be seeing PUJIT after PUJIT (pull-up jumper(s) in transition).

Glen Grunwald really used the Udrih signing as a haymaker to end the Knicks relatively quiet offseason with a bang. Considering the fact that the cap situation heavily restricted the Knicks from spending big money, he handled the situation very well. The point guard depth is now very deep, and Mike Woodson’s two guard rotations from last year may get even better and better next year, that’s if he wants to continue using them, of course.

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