Beno Udrih has requested a trade from the Knicks (Begley).
According to league sources, the veteran communicated his wishes to the Knicks in recent days and the team will try to honor the request. This year, Udrih is averaging 19.9 minutes per game, scoring 5.9 points and recording 3.7 assists.
Harris DeckerThis is an interesting story for a number of reasons. First, it seems as if Udrih isn’t the type of player that would do something like this. He’s in his ninth season and the Knicks are his seventh team. He won two NBA Championships in San Antonio, backing up Tony Parker, and is a respected veteran presence.
So why, with the Knicks season spinning out of control, would he request a trade? Well, why not?
The most obvious reason is that the team is point guard heavy. Raymond Felton has been bad, but is the solidified starter. Pablo Prigioni returned against the Nets yesterday and Toure’ Murry has played really well of late. That leaves Udrih as the odd man out. He’s averaging just 5.9 points per game, his lowest since 2006-07. The same goes for his assist numbers, which are at career worsts.
Coming off of a great season in Orlando, Udrih has been disappointing, but maybe his numbers only tell half the story. Could Udrih be looking to get out of New York because of bad blood? It’s been well documented that working for James Dolan isn’t a fun experience and maybe the same is becoming true of the Mike Woodson’s Knicks regime. The losses keep mounting — in more and more embarrassing ways — and the story broke after the Knicks hit rock bottom, losing to the Nets by 23.
Udrih hasn’t been good but who has on the Knicks? This month could be full of changes at the Garden and Udrih might become the first pin to drop.