Washington’s interest in Udrih stems from the lack of productivity and development the team has seen from backup point guard Eric Maynor.Washington signed Maynor in July 2013, hoping that the former first-round draft pick would provide more force and depth to the backcourt . Maynor has been the complete opposite for Washington. In the 23 games he has played in as a Wizard, he is averaging 2.3 PTS, 1.7 ASTs and 1.0 REB per game.
Right now, Maynor is just taking up space. He has not made an appearance in Washington’s last seven games and has only played twice since January 1. The only active backup point guard for the Wizards is Garrett Temple. Maynor’s absence has caused problems for the backcourt this season, trading for Udrih would only be a good deal for the Wizards if the team can get rid of Maynor.
Washington has also been rumored to have interested in the Denver Nuggets‘ backup point guard Andre Miller. When comparing the possibility of a deal regarding Miller or Udrih; Beno Udrih would be a better deal. Beno is currently averaging 5.6 PTs, 3.5 ASTs and 1.8 REBs, which is roughly about the same numbers Miller is averaging and both numbers are better than Maynor’s. Going for Udrih makes sense because he costs $3 million dollars less than Miller.
All three players contracts for 2013-14 are as follows: Andre Miller: $5,000,000, Eric Maynor: $2,016,000 and Beno Udrih: $1,272,279.
Right now Washington’s top priority should be strengthening their frontcourt, but if a deal presents itself, where the team can get rid of Maynor and acquire Udrih, it would be very beneficial for the Wizards. Miller’s contract of $5 million goes until the 2014-15. He is overvalued and any deal would cost the Wizards too much. Udrih is a free agent after this season and the price matches the value. A deal with the New York Knicks for Beno is possibly a deal the Wizards could afford to take and swing in their favor.
Washington is currently planning to make a big playoff push this offseason. The Wizards should target Udrih because it is financially smart and he could provide productive minutes off the bench for a cheaper price than letting Maynor just watch all the games on the bench this postseason.