Updates from Wednesday, Feb. 19
While Kenneth Faried has long been rumored to be the Denver Nugget the Knicks have been interested in, ESPN's Marc Stein reports that they may be focusing on a different player in the Mile High City:
Latest Knicks buzz: Hearing Knicks' long-running chase of Kenneth Faried now trending toward simpler swap of Beno Udrih for Jordan Hamilton— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 20, 2014
New York Knicks point guard Beno Udrih has reportedly asked the organization to trade him.
Ian Begley of ESPN New York first reported the story:
#Knicks point guard Beno Udrih has requested a trade, ESPN New York has learned. Story coming soon.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 21, 2014
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News confirmed the report and suggested why Udrih has requested a trade:
Beno Udrih would prefer to be traded, a source confirms ESPN NY story. Being thrown under the bus repeatedly by Mike Woodson didn't help.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) January 21, 2014
It shouldn't be too surprising that the 10-year veteran guard wants out of New York.
Head coach Mike Woodson can't seem to make up his mind about how to utilize Udrih, who is sometimes a forgotten man on the Knicks bench.
He also found himself in the midst of a media firestorm when Woodson singled him out for making what he considered to be an ill-conceived pass to J.R. Smith, as relayed by Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:
The bottom line is you look at his shot, but did Beno have to throw him the ball? You gotta look at that...I wasn’t pointing the fingers at Beno about anything....he had the ball, he probably should have held the ball.
Smith admitted he thought the Knicks were down at the time, rather than being tied, which is why he heaved up a three-point attempt with 20 seconds left on the clock instead of passing it around. With that in mind, it doesn't seem fair to criticize Udrih for passing the ball in that case.
Perhaps this trade request says more about the Knicks than it does about Udrih, a notion that sports talk show host Randy Cruz seems to agree with:
You know the Knicks are self-destructing when Beno Udrih requests to be traded.— Randy Cruz (@cruzr83) January 21, 2014
Udrih has been decent for the Knicks when given an opportunity to play, averaging 5.9 points, 3.7 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game. But with the return of Pablo Prigioni, his minutes will likely decline.
He's currently in the middle of a one-year deal worth $1.27 million, per Spotrac.com, so it shouldn't be incredibly difficult to trade him from a monetary standpoint. It will be interesting to see if New York receives any interest from other teams for his services, despite his age and declining skill set.
The Knicks are currently tied with the Cleveland Cavaliers for 10th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 15-26. The team has lost four straight heading into their next matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
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