Apr 21, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Beno Udrih (19) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson (15) during the second quarter in game two during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Beno Udrih may not return to Grizzlies according to report

Beno Udrih was the Grizzlies backup point guard towards the end of last season when he was claimed off of waivers.  He shared time with Nick Calathes, but once Calathes was suspended, Udrih took over as backup full time during the playoffs.  He played well in the playoffs considering the minutes he was given.  Regardless, the Grizzlies might not bring him back as they refute reports that Calathes might go overseas.  According to the Commercial Appeal’s Geoff Calkins:

Calathes is currently under contract, while Beno Udrih is a free agent.  The other player they have contacted is FA Sebastian Telfair, who didn’t play in the league last year, but he appears to be on the Grizzlies’ radar.

Beno is a solid backup veteran who I think would be worth holding onto.  Although if Memphis is going to keep Calathes and have him be the backup point, then grabbing another veteran addition on the cheap would be a good idea.  Telfair would probably be affordable since he wasn’t able to find an NBA team last year.  He did play for Tianjin Ronggang of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) in 2013.

Beno Udrih has average 8.9 points and 3.6 assists per game during his 12 year career.  Telfair’s stats are similar at 7.4 points per game and 3.5 assists.  Neither are particularly adept from beyond the arc, but Udrih has a slight edge statistically.

Other candidates might popup should Calathes leave, but as of now he is the backup point guard.


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Tags: Beno Udrih Free Agency Memphis Grizzlies Nick Calathes

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