The Washington Wizards' salary-cap situation is murky, which means they probably won't make any big splashes in free agency. That said, there are some needs on this team that can be filled, so Ernie Grunfeld must look for bargains that can fit into the few exceptions the Wizards have to use. We'll explore all free agents that could take the mid-level exception or less in this ongoing series. Next up: Beno Udrih.
PREVIOUSLY: Devin Harris | C.J. Watson.
Team: Orlando Magic.
Type: Unrestricted free agent.
This past year: Had a typical Udrih season while bouncing around from Milwaukee to Orlando. He served as a third guard behind Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings in Milwaukee, but rarely played without one of them on the court at the same time (644 minutes with either one or both; only 75 minutes by himself). That made him a de-facto combo guard, just like the two de-facto combo guards he played with. In Orlando, though, Udrih was on the ball far more often without other ball-handlers. He played 630 minutes without Jameer Nelson and just 123 with him. He played 443 minutes without E'Twaun Moore and 310 with him. (All numbers via NBA.com's media-only stats page).
That altered his numbers a little bit, though not significantly. In Orlando, Udrih finished more plays, had more assists, shot worse from mid-range and much better (nearly 40 percent, in fact) from three-point range. His scoring efficiency overall fell for the second straight year after being so high in Sacramento, but he still managed to be a useful player.
Why he's fit in well: Udrih has shown he's capable of playing on or off the ball and with or without other primary ball-handlers. He's a clever pick-and-roll player that has one of the league's strongest pull-up jumpers, and he sees the floor well enough off these plays to create opportunities for others.
Why he might not: He's not a very good defender, and unless his hot shooting in the final days in Orlando carries over, he's not a great three-point shooter or spot-up player. Udrih scored or got fouled on just 37.5 percent of his spot-up opportunities in Milwaukee last year, according to MySynergySports.com. He was better in Orlando (41.8 percent), but that number could stand to improve a bit, especially if Udrih plays at all with John Wall.
Likely price tag: He seems like a prime candidate to receive the bi-annual exception.
Verdict: Udrih is a better offensive player than A.J. Price, but I would prefer C.J. Watson because he's better off the ball.