When Beno Udrih was claimed off of waivers by the Grizzlies last year he only saw limited minutes. He did contribute in the playoffs however, as Nick Calathes was suspended for drug related issues. Not only did he contribute, he actually played pretty well. Signing Udrih was probably one of the better options the Grizzlies had at backup point guard, especially if you’re considering the financial implications.
It’s been a players market this off-season, and when players like Channing Frye are landing $8 million per year contracts over four years, then you know teams are going to overpay. Other options for the Grizzlies were Kirk Hinrich and Luke Ridnour, who are going to command more than Beno will take for this upcoming season. All things considered, if Udrih can play anything like he did in the playoffs last year, then the Grizzlies got a great deal. He will take the bi-annual exception for two years according to reports:
The Grizzlies needed depth at point since Nick Calathes seems set to return to Europe, and even if he did stay, he still has a suspension to serve in the NBA. Udrih has been a solid backup throughout his career, and hopefully he can continue to this upcoming season.
Now that the Grizzlies have locked up a point guard and have a considerable amount of shooting guards on the team, they need to start looking at the small forward situation. Memphis has Tony Allen, Courtney Lee, Jamaal Franklin, and Jordan Adams at shooting guard, but it’s likely that either Franklin or Adams will see time in the D-League. Tayshaun Prince is the only current small forward on the roster, and given his declining productivity, they will need to address the position quickly.
Re-signing Beno Udrih was a great choice by Grizzlies management, as it sets the tone for the rest of the off-season. Memphis needs to become aggressive on the free agent front, and now that they have one position locked up, it’s time to get the ball rolling.