Kings re-sign Beno Udrih
The Sacramento Kings today re-signed point guard Beno Udrih to a multi-year contract, it was announced by Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“We’re really excited to bring Beno back to the team,” said Petrie. “It gives us long-term stability at a critical position in the league and on our team. He’s already grown into a fan favorite. We’re all looking forward to his continued contribution and growth as a player.”
Udrih, who is currently entering his fifth NBA season, spent his first three campaigns with the San Antonio Spurs before signing with the Kings as a free agent on November 1, 2007. Selected by San Antonio with the 28th overall pick of the 2004 NBA Draft, Udrih averaged 5.2 points (.420 FGs, .352 3FGs, .799 FTs), 1.8 assists and 1.0 rebounds per game through 207 games with the Spurs. He set a San Antonio rookie single-season record for the highest three-point field goal percentage of .408.
“It feels great to be back here in Sacramento re-signing with the team,” said Udrih. “We have a good thing going on here. They gave me an opportunity last year and I’m just really happy to be a part of this organization.”
As a member of the Kings during the 2007-08 season, Udrih enjoyed the best statistical season of his career, averaging 12.8 points (.464 FGs, .387 3FGs, .850 FTs), 4.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game in 65 contests. He started in 51 games, raising his productivity with increased averages of 14.4 points (.475 FGs, .404 3FGs, .861 FTs), 5.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. Udrih recorded a career-high 27 points versus San Antonio in 112-99 win over the Spurs on November 26, 2007.
“Beno came in and did a great job for us last year,” explained Head Coach Reggie Theus. “Having him back solidifies that position, which is the toughest position in the league to play. He made great strides last year in getting better. The exciting thing about Beno is he still has another level he can go to, and I’m looking forward to seeing it come to fruition.”