Still in search of a backup power forward, the New York Knicks may be turning their attention to former Indiana Pacer Lou Amundson.
ESPN’s Ian Begley reports that Amundson’s agent has had an ongoing dialogue with the Knicks about bringing the bruising center to New York.
Amundson can play both the 4 and the 5, so his versatility would be welcome by Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson.
The problem with attempting to sign Amundson though is that several teams with more money to spend are also interested. The Knicks can only offer the veteran’s minimum to any player they attempt to sign the rest of the way.
Amundson attended UNLV and has averaged 3.6 points and 3.7 rebounds throughout his six year NBA career that has been spent with five different franchises.
He’s the type of player that will bring energy and can crash the boards and block shots. While his overall numbers won’t jump out at you throughout his career, his PER 36 numbers aren’t bad, averaging 10.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks PER 36.
However it all depends on whether or not Amundson is willing to take less money to come to a team that has a chance to win or elect to make as much money as he can, while he can still make it. According to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida, Amundson has drawn interest from Charlotte, which could offer $2.5 non tax-payer exception.
If Amundson elects to sign elsewhere, the Knicks have been linked to other big men as well, including Chris Anderson, Donte Greene, D.J. White and Andray Blatche, but could run into the same problems financially with each.
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