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A new name has emerged in the Knicks' search for a backup point guard.
New York is trying to convince free agent Beno Udrih to take the veteran's minimum and join the club, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
Due to salary cap restrictions, the Knicks can only offer the veteran's minimum to free agents.
Udrih would earn approximately $1.2 million, which would be a significant pay cut from the $7.3 minimum he earned last season.
If the Knicks can convince Udrih to take such a pay cut, it would be a big coup for general manager Glen Grunwald.
According to ESPN Insider Bradford Doolittle, Udrih's "shooting and consistent production would play well off the bench for a playoff contender." Doolittle wrote this shortly after the trade deadline last season and not much has changed since for Udrih. He averaged 8.2 points, 4.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 22 minutes last season.
Grunwald said recently that the team is open to adding a backup guard and a big man. They have three roster spots available.
In addition to Udrih, the Knicks have shown interest in Delonte West and a few other young guards to fill their void on the bench. New York was impressed by the play of Toure' Murry in the summer league and has extended a training camp invite to the former D-Leaguer. They also have reportedly shown interest in Bobby Brown. But Brown, according to Stein,
has agreed to a deal with the Dongguan Leopards in China. The deal has an out clause that would allow Brown to sign with an NBA team before Aug. 15. If not, he will be playing in China in 2013-14.
New York is also said to be in the market for a backup big man to spell Tyson Chandler. The Knicks were impressed by the play of 6-foot-10 big man Jeremy Tyler during summer league. Tyler told reporters in Las Vegas that the Knicks have extended a training camp offer to him.
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