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Miami Heat bringing back Beno Udrih

Miami’s Beno Udrih drives to the basket against Washington’s John Wall on February 20, 2016.
Miami’s Beno Udrih drives to the basket against Washington’s John Wall on February 20, 2016. pportal@elnuevoherald.com

Point guard Beno Udrih agreed to re-sign with the Heat on Wednesday, adding more depth to a crowded Heat backcourt.

Udrih will sign a one-year guaranteed deal at the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million.

Udrih, 34, averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 assists and 16.3 minutes in 36 games for the Heat last season after a November trade from Memphis. He missed the final two months of the season with a foot injury and sacrificed $100,000 in salary as a favor to the Heat to keep them under the luxury tax threshold.

According to a source at Octagon basketball, Udrih had a standing offer from the Heat for more than a month. He had other options but felt comfortable with the organization. Coach Erik Spoelstra made no assurances about playing time but has asked Udrih to provide veteran leadership.

His signing gives the Heat 19 players, with teams permitting to take 20 to training camp but keep no more than 15 during the regular season.

Barring trades, Udrih's signing will make it challenging for the Heat to keep any of their developmental prospects -- point guard Briante Weber, forwards Stefan Jankovic and Okaro White and guard Rodney McGruder.

The Heat likely will try to stash several of those players in its D-League affiliate in Sioux Falls, S.D., though Weber appears in line to land an NBA job somewhere, and his skill set intrigues the Heat.

Players signed during July and August cannot be traded until Dec. 15.

Udrih gives the Heat a natural backup point guard behind Goran Dragic, but there's no assurance that he will get playing time, because the Heat wants to give regular minutes to combo guards Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson.

Johnson said the Heat has emphasized improving as a point guard during his offseason workouts.

The Heat signed shooting guards Dion Waters and Wayne Ellington during the offseason, and Waiters is the front-runner to start.

Here's how the roster stands:

Centers: Hassan Whiteside, Willie Reed

Forwards: Chris Bosh, Justise Winslow, Derrick Williams, James Johnson, Josh McRoberts, Udonis Haslem, Luke Babbitt, Jankovic, White

Guards: Dragic, Waiters, Ellington, Richardson, Johnson, Udrih, McGruder, Weber

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