The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to a two-year contract with free agent point guard Beno Udrih using their bi-annual exception, reports Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. The deal is partially guaranteed for the second year and could be worth up to $4.2 million.
Udrih, 32, joined the Grizzlies last season after being claimed off waivers from the New York Knicks. He played sparingly with in Memphis, but offers a solid skill set for an affordable backup point guard. At a salary of $2.1 million for 2014-15, he should be exactly that behind Mike Conley on the Grizzlies’ depth chart.
Last season, Udrih averaged 4.9 points and 2.8 assists per game between New York and Memphis, averaging less than 16 minutes per contest. It’s easy to forget that he started 228 games for the Sacramento Kings from 2008-11, considering he’s started just 21 games since leaving the team.
However, Udrih remains a solid player who could help the Grizzlies next season, particularly in a role off the bench. He’s shot 46 percent from the field during his career, an impressive figure for a 6’3 guard, and even hit 19-of-42 three-pointers in his brief playing time last season. While he probably can’t sustain that kind of efficiency over a full season with significant playing time, he’s a career 36 percent shooter from beyond the arc and could top that in the right situation.
With guys like Udrih and Steve Blake signing on Thursday, the free agent market for veteran point guards continues to thin. Top unrestricted free agents at the position include Jameer Nelson, Ramon Sessions and Mario Chalmers.
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