At points this season Beno Udrih has taken pointed criticism from Knicks coach Mike Woodson — remember back on Jan. 3 when J.R. Smith took an ill-advised three (tie game, shot clock turned off and rather than go for the last shot he fired away off an offensive rebound)? Woodson questioned why Udrih threw the ball to the open Smith. There have been other incidents as well.
Now the journeyman point guard has had enough and wants out.
Udrih has requested a trade, reports ESPNNewYork.com.
New York Knicks point guard Beno Udrih has requested a trade, sources told ESPNNewYork.com.
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.
You can just add this to the dysfunction of the Knicks’ season, which was exposed pretty blatantly by the Nets on Monday.
With Pablo Prigioni and Raymond Felton healthy there are not a lot of minutes for Udrih, who played just four against the Nets Monday.
Udrih has averaged 5.9 points per game this season, he’s been what he always is — decent. On the bright side he is shooting 41 percent from three. On the down side, he is -9.5 per 48 this season and the reason is mostly his defense.
Udrih is on a one-year veteran minimum contract. Which means the Knicks should find teams interested in taking him on — but they are not going to get a lot in return here. This is the kind of trade of a bench role player that nets a second round pick, not a first or a quality player.
Andre Drummond is a terrible free-throw shooter…except, apparently, when he’s shooting from the other free-throw line. Monday night against the Raptors, Drummond cut Detroit’s deficit to five at the end of the third quarter with this three-quarter-court heave at the buzzer:
Now, if only he could work on his accuracy from his own free-throw line.
Not a lot has gone right for the Nets this season, but an impressive clutch shot by seven-time All-Star Joe Johnson gave them their 14th win of the season on Monday. With time expiring, Johnson banked in a long three-pointer to put Brooklyn up 105-104 over Denver and secure the victory:
Johnson had 12 points on the night.
For about a week, word has circulated throughout the NBA that George Karl’s days in Sacramento were numbered. They’ve lost eight of their last 10 games, and players have more or less checked out on him. Remember, it’s only been a year since the Kings unceremoniously ousted interim head coach Ty Corbin to bring Karl in, which came on the heels of their puzzling dismissal of Mike Malone in December 2014.
Now, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reports that the Kings have made the decision to let Karl go:
The decision itself isn’t surprising—it always seemed to be a matter of “when,” not “if” Karl would be fired. But the optics here are not good. If everybody knows it’s coming, it makes no sense to leak that the change is going to happen hours or even days before it’s made official.
The report of the Kings’ decision on Karl comes on the heels of a concerning bombshell Rajon Rondo dropped following Sacramento’s 120-100 loss to the Cavaliers on Monday night.
Via the Sacramento Bee‘s Jason Jones:
Sports Illustrated‘s Jake Fischer further reported that only three players indeed showed up on Monday morning:
That’s a bad look for everybody involved. An optional shootaround is more or less unheard of in the NBA, and if only three players bothered to come, that’s an unignorable sign that the team has quit on Karl.
Since he came into the league, Karl-Anthony Towns‘ offensive footwork has been unusually advanced for a rookie. He showed off his impressive moves again on Monday night, getting to the basket around Luke Babbitt with this spin: