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Knicks sign Beno Udrih to one-year deal

08/08/2013 1:30 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Beno Udrih will join the Knicks for the veteran minimum of about $1.2 million.(AP)
The New York Knicks announced the signing of point guard Beno Udrih to a one-year deal on Thursday

Newsday’s Al Iannazzone first Tweeted news of the deal, with ESPN.com’s Marc Stein adding that Udrih had narrowed his choices down to New York and Memphis but canceled a scheduled meeting with the Grizzlies after making his decision Wednesday night.

Udrih, 31, split last season between Milwaukee and Orlando, averaging 8.2 points and 4.6 assists per game total – but he really blossomed in central Florida, averaging 10.2 points and 6.1 assists in 27 games after being acquired at the trade deadline in the deal that sent J.J. Redick to the Bucks.

Come the fall, he will fill the Knicks’ third point guard spot, a backup role vacated by Jason Kidd’s retirement after last season.

Originally a first-round pick of the San Antonio Spurs in 2004, Udrih came to America that fall after playing several seasons professionally in Europe. For his career, Udrih has averaged 9.1 points and 3.6 assists per game while shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc.

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