Beno Udrih — out for the season due to injury and in the final year of his contract — sacrificed $90,000 to get the Heat under the luxury-tax line last season.
Miami hasn’t repaid him.
Beno Udrihessentially with a standing invitation at the veteran minimum if he cannot find more elsewhere
Other teams were reportedly upset by Udrih’s team-friendly buyout — for good reason. The Collective Bargaining Agreement outlaws any agreements on future contracts, the type of arrangement that appears to be in place here.
The 34-year-old Udrih is a borderline NBA player. It’s worth more than $90,000 to him to assure himself an NBA salary next season. Likewise, the Heat saved big by dodging the luxury tax.
It’s other teams — that didn’t receive Miami’s share of luxury-tax payments, that had to face the Heat with Joe Johnson (whose signing temporarily pushed them over the line) — that lost.
Expect more grumbling once Udrih officially signs.