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Report: Beno Udrih has standing offer from Heat

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MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 09: Beno Udrih #19 of the Miami Heat drives on Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs during a game at American Airlines Arena on February 9, 2016 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Beno Udrih -- out for the season due to injury and in the final year of his contract -- sacrificed $90,000 to get the Heat under the luxury-tax line last season.

Miami hasn’t repaid him.


Ira Winderman of the South Florida SunSentinel:

Beno Udrihessentially with a standing invitation at the veteran minimum if he cannot find more elsewhere

Other teams were reportedly upset by Udrih’s team-friendly buyout -- for good reason. The Collective Bargaining Agreement outlaws any agreements on future contracts, the type of arrangement that appears to be in place here.

The 34-year-old Udrih is a borderline NBA player. It’s worth more than $90,000 to him to assure himself an NBA salary next season. Likewise, the Heat saved big by dodging the luxury tax.

It’s other teams -- that didn’t receive Miami’s share of luxury-tax payments, that had to face the Heat with Joe Johnson (whose signing temporarily pushed them over the line) -- that lost.

Expect more grumbling once Udrih officially signs.