The New York Knicks would be wise to trade point guard Beno Udrih. He requested a trade following the Knicks’ home loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Udrih clashed with head coach Mike Woodson earlier this season because he felt he was being underutilized and was wrongfully being blamed for the teams’ struggles.
Udrih signed with the Knicks last summer with the expectation he would be the third point guard and rotate in quickly. The Knicks had the Eastern Conference‘s second best record last season playing a lot of small ball. They often used Raymond Felton and either Pablo Prigioni or Jason Kidd in the backcourt together. The expectation this season was the Knicks would do the same, using Udrih or Prigioni next Felton.
With so many issues in the locker room and on the court, the Knicks would be wise to part with Udrih, who is averagng 5.9 points per game and 3.7 assists per game. They can use Toury Murry in the short-term as the third point guard, re-sign Chris Smith, use Iman Shumpert as third point guard or just have Priogioni backup Felton off the bench, limiting the need for a third point guard.
The Knicks’ issues go much deeper than Beno Udrih. They lack a second scorer next to Carmelo Anthony, their defense is awful and they do not have enough healthy big men. But perhaps they can trade Udrih for a cheap, young forward. Or at least someone who can prove to be more valuable and fit in better.