Udrih to New York, Williams to Portland and Beasley May Soon Be Available

Beno Udrih

Beno Udrih

After watching veteran point guard Jason Kidd retire and go to the Nets as their new head coach, the New York Knicks have finally signed a back-up point guard to replace the future Hall of Fame player.  Beno Udrih, who won a title during his rookie season with the San Antonio Spurs, has agree to a veteran-minimum deal with the Knicks.  Now at 30 years of age, Udrih seems to have played his best days, but throughout his career has improved his assist-to-turnover ratio and assists per-36 minutes.  His three-point shooting has been inconsistent from season to season, but has always been respectable and has been better when playing in systems where he served primarily as a spot up shooter to spread the floor, such as he did with the Spurs in his first three seasons.  His best statistical season were like with the Kings, but it is likely his championship experience and three-point shooting that was most appealing to the Knicks.

Former All-Star point guard Mo Williams played last season with the Utah JAzz.

Former All-Star point guard Mo Williams played last season with the Utah JAzz.

The Portland Trailblazers have also added a point guard to their roster: Mo Williams agreed to a two year deal with the team.  It is unclear as to whether or not Williams will play point guard or shooting guard, but it is clear that Damian Lillard will be starting at point guard.  Mo Williams seems to have been expecting a bigger deal and a starting role, but there were few options or offers available to him this offseason. 

Other recent deals have seen the Dallas Mavericks solidify their front court rotation with the signing of Samuel Dalembert and DeJuan Blair.  The Bobcats have re-signed Jannero Pargo, Nick Calathes agreed to terms with the Grizzlies, the Thunder have signed forward Ryan Gomes and the Bucks have agreed to a contract extension with Larry Sanders, not to be confused with the fictional late-night television host played by Gary Shandling in the 90’s.  In other recent news, Michael Beasley, who was recently charged with marijuana possession may be headed out of Phoenix as it is rumoured the team will end his contract and the 76ers may have selected Brett Brown as their new head coach. Brown is currently an assistant with the Spurs.  Official word has not yet been made.

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