The Detroit Pistons have claimed free-agent point guard Beno Udrih off waivers after his release from the Miami Heat. Udrih will serve as the team’s backup point guard after an injury to their star PG Reggie Jackson.
Jackson is out for six to eight weeks because of injuries to his knees and thumb. Without Jackson, the Pistons will use Ish Smith as starting point guard and put Udrih as backup PG.
Shams Charania of Yahoo reported the Pistons’ signing of Udrih on Twitter.
Detroit has claimed Miami guard Beno Udrih off waivers, league sources tell The Vertical. Pistons get backup PG.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 24, 2016
The 34-year-old Udrih was the odd man out for the rebuilding Heat team that let go of veterans Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh this summer. Udrih, a 12-year veteran, played last season for the Heat and Memphis Grizzlies in limited playing time. Udrih averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 assists in 36 games in Miami.
Smith was one of the top signings for Detroit this offseason. He signed a three-year deal worth $18 million after a good year starting for the Philadelphia 76ers last season.
Smith remains the temporary starter even after the Udrih signing. But the Pistons will add depth to their PG rotation in the first two months of the season. Jackson is expected to return mid-December.
Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris and Tobias Harris will lead the Pistons. New acquisitions include Jon Leuer and Boban Marjanovic will also be part of Detroit’s rotation in the new NBA season.
The Pistons open the season against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
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