The Miami Heat agreed to a new one-year contract with guard Beno Udrih on Wednesday.
The new deal will provide Miami with some much-needed depth on its bench. Udrih spent time with the Heat during the 2015-16 season, before suffering a season ending injury. After the injury occurred, Miami waived Udrih for tax purposes as well as for an extra roster spot.
When Udrih was waived by Miami, speculation immediately began that he could find himself back in town for this season. Udrih in his brief time with the Heat was occasionally productive and was a veteran presence on the team.
Udrih's injury was a torn plantar plate in his right foot and it required surgery. Despite the injury, it is likely that Udrih could have found more money and playing time elsewhere. With the Heat, he is expected to be third on the depth chart at the point guard slot. Barring an injury to another player, Udrih could see many nights with minuscule minutes played.
In his 36 games with Miami last season, Udrih started five of them. The PG averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 assists in 16.3 minutes per game. Udrih was acquired by Miami in November in a trade that sent Mario Chalmers to Memphis.
The Heat will have 19 players under contract once this signing becomes official. Due to this, decisions will need to be made on several roster hopefuls ahead of the season.