Beno Udrih agreed to a buyout with the Miami Heat in late February to allow the franchise to stay under the luxury tax line in 2015-16. Miami is trying to negotiate a deal with the point guard for the 2016-17 season.
By agreeing to a buyout, Udrih did a great favor to the franchise as the salary he owed was reduced by $90,000. President Pat Riley is negotiating with the point guard’s agent to sign him on a veteran minimum contract, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Udrih is keeping all options open this off-season. The veteran point guard is looking for a deal higher than the veteran minimum, as reported by Michael Wallace of the ESPN.
Miami has 15 players with fully or partially guaranteed deals on their roster. The franchise has six guards, although the 2016-17 salaries of Briante Weber and Rodney McGruder are not fully guaranteed. There is a high possibility that the franchise will waive these two guys in the pre-season.
Wallace also reported that the veteran guard is working out in Miami and is very close to fellow point guard Goran Dragic.
Udrih can easily return to Miami if he accepts the veteran minimum deal worth $1.55 million. The point guard featured in 36 games for the Heat last season, posting averages of 4.4 points, 2.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds per night, according to the ESPN.
Miami has suffered a significant loss in this postseason. Veteran star Dwyane Wade has left the franchise. Pat Riley recently matched the $50 million offer sheet of restricted free agent Tyler Johnson in a bid to rebuild.