Udrih was waived by the Pistons on Sunday.
Udrih failed to get on the floor during the preseason and was essentially just brought in as a training camp body. With the likes of Reggie Jackson, Ish Smith and Langston Galloway all in the fold at point guard, there was no need to keep Udrih around for the regular season. The 13-year veteran could get some looks elsewhere as a solid mentor for younger players, though he won't be a fantasy relevant player no matter where he lands.
Udrih (knee) will miss 6-8 weeks, Jake Chapman of the team's official site reports.
Previous suspicions that Udrih would not be available for the remainder of the season were confirmed Monday. With Udrih out, Darrun Hilliard is expected to slide into his backup point guard role.
Updating a previous report, Udrih (knee) will remain with the Pistons for the rest of the season, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Earlier Monday, Charania reported that the Pistons would release Udrih in order to sign Lorenzo Brown from the D-League, but the NBA's transaction deadline passed Sunday, and the team was unable to make the roster move. As a result, Brown will remain in the D-League, while Udrih will stick with the Pistons for the final two games of the season. According to Rod Beard of The Detroit News, coach Stan Van Gundy isn't optimistic that Udrih, who suffered a right knee sprain Sunday against the Grizzlies, will be available for those remaining two contests, which was why the Pistons were looking to release him. Udrih's injury will likely force Ish Smith to take on a heavier workload at point guard, while wings Darrun Hilliard and Stanley Johnson could initiate the offense when Smith is off the floor.
Udrih (knee) will be released by the Pistons, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
The veteran guard is battling a sprained right knee that likely would have kept him out of the final two games of the season. As a result, the Pistons plan to add healthier depth at point guard by signing Lorenzo Brown, who attended training camp with the club in the fall before being waived. The 34-year-old Udrih had appeared in 39 games with the Pistons, averaging 5.8 points, 3.4 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game. Udrih was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, so the decision to release him comes with minimal financial ramifications.
Udrih is dealing with a right knee sprain, though hasn't gotten X-rays yet, Aaron McMann of the MLive Media Group reports. For that reason, Coach Stan Van Gundy is "not optimistic" about Udrih playing in the Pistons' final two outings, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Udrih likely suffered the injury during Sunday's tilt against the Grizzlies, where he totaled 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt), five assists and two rebounds across 21 minutes. With Reggie Jackson (knee) ruled out for the season, the burden of the point guard role could solely fall on Ish Smith, who has taken over as the Pistons' starting point guard since Jackson was shut down. More information will likely come about the seriousness of Udrih's injury once the X-ray results become available, after which point Stan Van Gundy could make a decision about who will spend time at point guard over the last two contests if Udrih is sidelined.
Udrih finished with four points (2-7 FG), five assists, one rebound and one steal across 19 minutes in a 114-109 win over the Rockets on Friday.
The Pistons' decision to shut down Reggie Jackson (knee) for the season has opened up a rotation spot for Udrih, who is now regularly seeing minutes in the teens while backing up Ish Smith. While the veteran has performed capably in that capacity, he's unlikely to see his role increase over the final three games of the regular season, especially with Smith continuing to play well. Udrih has averaged 6.6 points, 5.0 assists, 2.3 rebounds in 16.6 minutes per game since entering the rotation seven games ago.
Udrih (coach's decision) failed to play in a 106-101 win over the Cavaliers on Thursday.
Udrih hasn't seen the floor since Feb. 8, and with coach Stan Van Gundy more concerned with securing a playoff spot than finding time for his deep reserves at this stage of the season, don't expect the 34-year-old to make many more appearances over the Pistons' final 27 contests.
Udrih tweaked his ankle in Tuesday's practice and didn't take part in Wednesday's session, Aaron McMann of MLive.com reports.
The injury could put Udrih in jeopardy of missing Thursday's game against the Hornets, but the Pistons should have a better idea on his status following their morning shootaround. Udrih has been largely out of the rotation since early December, so his potential absence Thursday likely wouldn't have an impact on how coach Stan Van Gundy distributes the minutes in the backcourt.
Udrih (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 102-101 win over the Raptors on Sunday.
Udrih has rarely seen the court outside of garbage time since Reggie Jackson returned from a knee injury in December, so it's no surprise that he was excluded from the rotation in a game that was decided by one point. The veteran is purely an insurance option at point guard behind Jackson and Ish Smith.
Udrih played 11 minutes and turned in four points (1-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four assists and one steal in a 127-107 loss to the Warriors on Thursday.
It was Udrih's first appearance since Dec. 19, as he's been effectively squeezed out of the rotation since Reggie Jackson returned from a knee injury in early December. Barring another setback for Jackson or an injury to top backup Ish Smith, Udrih will fail to see the court in most competitive contests.
Udrih (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in Sunday's 98-92 loss to the Magic.
With Reggie Jackson (knee) playing 23 minutes in his return to the lineup Sunday for his season debut, Ish Smith slotted in on the second unit as his primary backup, resulting in Udrih falling out of the rotation. The Pistons picked Udrih in training camp specifically to provide insurance at point guard while Jackson was sidelined, but it looks like the veteran won't have many opportunities when both players above him on the depth chart are healthy. Expect Udrih's season-long averages of 7.0 points, 3.4 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game to take significant hits from here on out.
Udrih provided four points (2-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and two rebounds across 14 minutes in Friday's 108-97 win over the Clippers.
After playing a season-high 30 minutes in Wednesday's blowout victory over the Heat, Udrih's playing time was cut in half in a much more competitive contest Friday. The veteran point guard is averaging 17.8 minutes per game while suiting up in all 17 of the Pistons' games as starter Ish Smith's backup, but it may not be long before his spot in the rotation disappears completely. Reggie Jackson (knee), who has been sidelined all season, has been steadily increasing his activities in recent practices and could be ready to make his debut by early December, at which point Udrih would fall to third on the depth chart.
Udrih totaled 13 points (6-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt), five assists and two rebounds across 20 minutes in Friday's 108-82 win over the Magic.
Udrih, who the Pistons plucked off waivers earlier in the week to provide backcourt depth while Reggie Jackson (knee) is out, didn't take long to make an impact off the bench. He'll continue to hold down a rotation spot as Ish Smith's backup for as long as Jackson is sidelined, but in games that are more competitive than Friday's, he'll struggle to hit the 20-minute mark.
Udrih was claimed off waivers by the Pistons on Monday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
With Reggie Jackson (knee) set to miss extended time to begin the season, the Pistons will bolster their point guard depth by bringing in Udrih, who split last season between the Heat and Grizzlies. The 34-year-old was waived by Miami over the weekend and will now slot in as the No. 2 point guard in Detroit behind interim starter Ish Smith. In order to clear space on the roster, the Pistons waived Ray McCallum on Monday.
The Heat decided to waive Udrih on Saturday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
The veteran guard was competing for the final roster spot on the team, but the Heat opted to go with Rodney McGruder. It is unclear what Udrih's next move will be going forward.
Udrih (back) recorded two points (1-2 FG), two assists, one rebound and one steal across 18 minutes in Saturday's 101-96 preseason loss to the Timberwolves.
Just as the Heat had planned, Udrih was able to make his preseason debut over the weekend, even entering the starting lineup Saturday while Goran Dragic was rested for the second half of a back-to-back set. As the Heat's third point guard, Udrih likely won't factor in the rotation most nights, and will mainly function as an insurance policy at the position.
Udrih (back) didn't play in Friday's 108-100 preseason win over the Spurs.
It was reported Thursday that Udrih planned on playing in one of the Heat's two back-to-back games over the weekend, so after sitting out Friday, there's some optimism that he'll be cleared to take the court Saturday against the Timberwolves. If that's the case, Udrih would likely see his minutes monitored carefully and wouldn't make for an appealing DFS target.
Udrih (back) went through practice Thursday and expects to play in a game at some point this weekend, Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald reports.
Udrih was expected to make his preseason debut Tuesday against the Nets, but was ultimately held out in an effort to pick up more recovery time. The Heat have games Friday and Saturday versus the Spurs and Timberwolves, respectively, so assuming Udrih endures no setbacks beforehand, he should be cleared for at least one of those contests.
Udrih (back) didn't see the floor in Tuesday's 121-100 preseason win over the Nets.
Reports prior to Tuesday's game suggested that Udrih was cleared to make his preseason debut, but he didn't end up seeing any run while all the other healthy Heat players with the exception of Udonis Haslem made appearances. It's not known if Udrih suffered a setback prior to the game or if coach Erik Spoelstra simply opted to keep him out another day as a precaution, so it remains to be seen if the veteran point guard will be back on the court for the Heat's next preseason game Friday versus the Spurs.
Udrih (back) will play Tuesday against the Nets, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
A tight back kept Udrih out of Miami's first two preseason games, but he's been cleared to take the floor Tuesday in what will likely be a limited role. The veteran projects to serve as the Heat's third point guard during the regular season, backing up Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson.