Miami Heat Could Trade Beno Udrih Before Trade Deadline

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Miami Have acquired Beno Udrih in November last year and he has appeared in 18 games since then. Udrih averaged 3.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in those games, while playing just under 14 minutes on average. He started one game and he was very good in it as he finished it with 14 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists in 34 minutes. Udrih shot 7-of-11 from the field in that game and was one of the best performers.

However, Udrih's tenure with the Miami Heat could be a short one as there are some indications that he will be traded before the trade deadline. Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel said the following regarding the Heat's backup guard:

I agree that Beno has been somewhat of a revelation. And your point speaks exactly to what he is, a player who buys you time when others are injured, in foul trouble, or off their game. But he also is not essential. And if he can be excised as part of maneuvering to get below the tax, I still believe that is a direction the Heat would move. But I'm not sure what Beno is doing now exactly has outside teams knocking down the Heat's door. So you might get your wish of him sticking around, if only by default.

Udrih indeed is not essential to the team. The fact that he is playing under 14 minutes per game shows how much he is used and he is most likely to be traded before February ends. Udrih's salary for this year is $2.2 million and the Heat could save some extra money by trading him for a player with a smaller contract. 

Miami also has Chris Andersen and Josh McRoberts, who make over $5 million each, yet they get no playing time. Although McRoberts is injured and cannot play, he could still be a valuable trade asset and a couple of teams could use Andersen's veteran presence. Trade deadline is on February 18 at 3 pm ET. During the last year's trade deadline, Heat made a big move by trading for Goran Dragic. Could they make a big move this time as well?

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