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Udrih, who has averaged 5.9 points and 3.7 assists in 19.9 minutes this season, thought he’d be a key piece for a contending team when he signed with the Knicks last summer.
However, this season obviously hasn’t gone as planned for New York, as they currently find themselves at 15-26 and in the Eastern Conference’s 11th seed.
Udrih has been playing less and less as of late, logging zero minutes against the Clippers on Friday and four minutes against the Nets yesterday.
Just because Udrih is demanding a trade doesn’t mean he’ll actually be dealt before the Feb. 20 trade deadline. Udrih is still a productive player, but it’s not like teams will be lining up to acquire him. It’s possible that Udrih could be included in a larger deal, but the Knicks don’t have many trade assets.
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This is sad news, but it’s not a surprise. At 35 years old – and coming off of injuries – it’s understandable that Bryant doesn’t even want to think about the Olympics that are still two years away.
Bryant could always change his mind, but it’s hard to imagine him competing, especially with how much wear and tear he has on his body. At the 2012 Olympics in London, Bryant told reporters that it would be his final Olympics as a player, which is why this update isn’t too shocking.
This means that Bryant’s Olympic career will likely end with two gold medals. Bryant would likely have more, but he wasn’t able to start his international career until 2007 for a variety of reasons (offseason wedding, various surgeries, etc.).
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Cross another notable free agent off of the 2014 free agency list. It sounds like Nowitzki has already decided to re-sign with the Mavericks and finish his career in Dallas, rather than weighing his options and spending his final years in another jersey.
At one point in time, it seemed like the 2014 free agent class was going to feature plenty of notable players who were potentially on the move. Now, it’s growing less and less interesting.
Nowitzki clearly wants to stay in Dallas out of loyalty to Cuban. Now, it’s on Cuban to surround his superstar with talent so that the Mavs can contend and not waste the final years of Nowitzki’s career.
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