HoopsHype Beno Udrih rumors

January 23, 2014 Updates

Knicks third-string point guard Beno Udrih said his “first option’’ is to remain a Knick and downplayed the notion he wants a trade to a team that would give him a larger role. With point guard Pablo Prigioni returning last Monday, Udrih appears out of the rotation for now. He didn’t play in Wednesday’s loss to the 76ers after playing just three minutes Monday against the Nets, but he sounded like he still wants it to work out in the Big Apple. “Yeah, that’s my first option,’’ Udrih said. “There’s a lot of options out there for everybody. I’m a Knick. I want to be here. I think the team has more than enough talent to succeed. We just got to get it together and do our job.’’ New York Post

The Post reported Udrih would be content if nothing happened on the trade front despite a previous report of a trade request. “I’m a Knick,’’ said Udrih, who won two titles with San Antonio. “I’ve always been professional. I’m going to stay professional. Whatever happens outside the basketball court, it’s not in my power. If something happens, it happens. But right now, I’m a Knick, wearing a Knick uniform, staying in shape.’’ New York Post

Udrih previously expressed dissatisfaction with playing time and said he feels he’s been unfairly blamed and undervalued – likely referring to a combination of media and the coaching staff. “I’ll still work hard and prove I can still play,’’ Udrih said. “It’s frustrating, but I can’t control that. I’m still working hard.’’ New York Post

January 21, 2014 Updates

This time it was Chris Smith — younger brother of repeat Twitter offender J.R. Smith and currently a reserve guard for the Erie Bayhawks of the D-League after a two-minute stint with the Knicks that cost the team roughly $2.1 million — committing the social-media faux pas. Late Monday night, Chris Smith reposted two tweets that called for him to replace Beno Udrih, who has asked the Knicks for a trade, according to ESPN. New York Post

January 20, 2014 Updates

League sources say the 31-year-old veteran communicated his wishes to the Knicks in recent days and the team will try to honor the request. Udrih signed with the Knicks over the summer for the veteran's minimum at $1.27 million. At the time, Udrih hoped to be a part of the Knicks' three point guard rotation along with Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni. ESPN.com

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Later in the day, Woodson apparently took offense to reporters writing he had blamed Udrih and attempted to clarify he wasn’t blaming him. Woodson may be sensitive because Udrih previously made comments he was frustrated with some recent criticism. It was unclear if Udrih was talking about fan and media criticism or from the coach. “I want to clear up something,’’ Woodson said unsolicited. “The Beno thing, everybody is held accountable. I wouldn’t point the finger at Beno for anything. When you’re trying to win games coming down the stretch, everybody has to be held accountable on what they do. He had the ball. He probably should’ve held the ball. That’s just the nature of winning basketball games.’’ New York Post

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