Magic won’t re-sign Beno Udrih

Gary Bogdon/Getty Images/ZimbioJosh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports the Magic will not re-sign backup point guard Beno Udrih. Udrih averaged 10.2 points and 6.2 assists per game in 27.3 minutes per game and 27 games after the Magic acquired him in the Tobias Harris-J.J. Redick trade.

Udrih had been upset in Milwaukee that his playing time had decreased and that the team had moved him off the ball in some lineups. Udrih was pretty explicit in saying, the Bucks were using him in a way that he had not signed on for when he originally joined the Bucks.

The Magic were a fresh start and they played him as such. Udrih even said he hoped to be able to re-sign in Orlando.

The Magic are just going in a different direction and it seemed pretty clear they would not be bringing the veteran point guard back. Even with a fair amount of potential cap room, the Magic want to go young with their roster and likely will be looking for a backup point guard among undrafted free agents or young free agents sprinkled throughout the Summer League in Orlando and Las Vegas — Thunder guard Dwight Buycks has gotten some attention for his play, but an international scout said he may have a deal to play in Russia lined up for next year.

Going young leaves Udrih out of the mix.

Rob Hennigan promised the Magic would be in the "kiddie pool" regarding free agency this summer back on Draft night. There are virtually no rumors regarding the Magic and free agency and the team certainly wants to keep cap flexibility and space available for 2014 and 2015. The Magic also do not want to take time away from the young players already on the roster.

All that leads to the conclusion that Udrih is squeezed out as not part of the plan and not worth the one-year investment for the future of the organization.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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