The Memphis Grizzlies have re-signed backup point guard Beno Udrih to a two-year deal, as first reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein. The deal is worth the league’s bi-annual exception, starting at $2.1 million.
Last season, Udrih averaged 5.6 points and 3.5 assists per game in 31 games with the New York Knicks before he was claimed off of waivers by the Grizzlies. In 10 games in Memphis, Udrih averaged a quiet 2.7 points in 5.5 minutes per game. Due to the absence of Nick Calathes in the playoffs, however, Udrih proved he was a valuable asset, posting 7.9 points, 1.7 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game while shooting 46.7 percent from the field.
Udrih’s deal with Grizzlies, I’m told, is going to be two-year pact at the bi-annual exception after Beno’s strong playoff play with Memphis
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 10, 2014
Calathes still hasn’t served his full suspension and told the Grizzlies he wants to play in Greece for Panathinaikos next season, according to reports. Udrih proved his worth in the postseason, so the move makes sense for Memphis. In 10 seasons, Udrih has played for six different teams and posted averaged of 8.8 points, 3.6 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game while shooting 46 percent from the field.
One has to wonder how much playing time will go around in the Grizzlies’ backcourt next season, however. Even with Calathes, the Grizz will still have Udrih, Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Courtney Lee, Jamaal Franklin and the newly drafted Jordan Adams.