Beno Udrih has picked up his player option for the 2012/13 season and will return to the Bucks, reports Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee GM John Hammond confirmed the decision.
The Bucks acquired Udrih from Sacramento prior to the lockout last year, but his first season with the Bucks wasn't a strong one. The point guard's scoring rate (11.6 points per 36 minutes) and shooting percentages (.440/.288/.709) were among the worst of his career, making it a lock that he'd pick up his option rather than hit the open market.
Garder suggests the option is worth $7.8MM, while other contract databases have it in the neighborhood of $7.37MM. Either way, it's a significant amount to have to commit to a backup point guard. Still, as I noted when I previewed the Bucks' offseason last week, the team could have a moderate amount of cap space to sign a free agent or two even with Udrih on the books.
Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times first reported that Udrih would exercise his option.