Given the New York Knicks immense struggles this season, it’s no surprise that players are beginning to want to get out of town. The most recent is point guard Beno Udrih, who reportedly has asked the team for a trade with the team willing to try to honor his request, per a report from Ian Begley of ESPN New York.
The Knicks faced a tough task this offseason as they tried to assemble a quality roster for the 2013-14 NBA season. With little cap flexibility and after they used most of their mid-level exception to re-sign J.R. Smith, the Knicks were basically left to try and lure players in for the league minimum.
However, they were able to get their hands on the 31-year-old Udrih. The nine-year veteran spent last season splitting time between the Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic. Coming to New York, he figured to be in the mix at the point guard position, competing for minutes with Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni.
With Felton’s sporadic injuries throughout the year, Udrih has filled in as the Knicks’ starter on a number of occasions, 12 to be exact. In those 12 starts, he’s performed well, putting up 8.8 points, 5.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 30.8 minutes per game. In those 12 starts Udrih has also shot a solid 44.9 percent from the floor and a fantastic 46.4 percent from three.
With both Felton and Prigioni healthy, though, Udrih has been used sparingly, sometimes not even getting off of the bench. Though he’s signed for the minimum, it has to be hard for a player that has performed well when given the opportunity sit on the bench and watch this team struggle.
With the NBA Trade Deadline now less than a month away, it’ll be interesting to see what takers there are out there. Udrih would be a good fit for a team looking for some consistency off of their bench at the guard position. A team like the Memphis Grizzlies would be an interesting candidate for a trade, needing some depth behind Mike Conley. We’ll see who emerges as suitors for Udrih as trade season kicks into gear.