Eastern Notes: Udrih, J.R. Smith, Sixers, Butler

Beno Udrih has no assurances of playing time despite re-signing with the Heat, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports. Udrih gives the club a natural point guard behind starter Goran Dragic, but combo guards Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson will also see action at that position, Jackson continues. Udrih signed a one-year guaranteed deal at the veteran’s minimum of $1.4MM. Udrih had a standing offer from the Heat for more than a month, sources told Jackson, and turned down some other options because of his comfort level with the organization.

In other news around the Eastern Conference:

  • Free agent J.R. Smith doesn’t appear to be close to signing a contract, according to Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Cavs’ shooting guard is deferring all questions about his free agency to agent Rich Paul. Smith is expected to rejoin Cleveland and is believed to be seeking a multi-year deal worth approximately $15MM per season, Fedor continues. There’s been little interest from other teams because of Smith’s past antics, Fedor adds.
  • The Sixers will play three nationally televised games, and coach Brett Brown believes that’s a sign of progress, Brian Seltzer of Sixers.com reports. Philadelphia hasn’t had a game broadcast nationally since the 2012/13 season. “It’s really I think a statement to the way the public views our young, exciting team,” Brown said in a podcast on the team’s website.
  • Caron Butler would be interested in signing with the Knicks, tweets Anthony Donahue of SNY. During an appearance on Donahue’s “33rd and 7th” podcast, Butler said he likes the moves that New York made during the offseason. Butler, 36, spent last season with the Kings and appeared in just 17 games.

Arthur Hill contributed to this post.

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1 month 7 days ago

Butler would be another excellent addition for the Knicks.

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1 month 7 days ago
No matter what Miami reporters keep saying, there’s simply not enough playing time for Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters, and Wayne Ellington. Then add Ben Udrih. And don’t forget about Briante Weber, who has game. Meanwhile, the only competent center they have is Hassan Whiteside. We know he’s not the most responsible individual. Behind him is Willie Reed, and that’s it. Chris Bosh presents a huge challenge in the frontcourt. There’s only a bunch of wannabes behind him. In two years, both Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson will both be making $20M/yr. Whiteside will be ;pulling down… Read more »
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