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Report: Warriors to trade Lou Amundson to Pacers for Brandon Rush

Dec 18, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

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From Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times:

UPDATE II: The Warriors are in the process of trading Lou Amundson, according to a team source. A second source confirmed it is for Indiana Pacers swingman Brandon Rush. Amundson was held out of Saturday’s game vs. Sacramento. It is not official and likely won’t be before Sunday. I’m told its a straight-up trade.

via Warriors Definitely Trading Amundson for Brandon Rush – Inside the Warriors – with Marcus Thompson.

It’s a value pick-up for the Pacers. Amundson is a serviceable back-up big who can do the kind of dirty work that the Pacers need him to do.  He’s not going to over-extend himself, he’s a pro with experience, and he’ll help with hustle plays. The fact that they got him for Brandon Rush is pretty phenomenal, considering Rush’s stock has been in a downward spiral for two years.

For the Warriors… I mean, Rush could be a phenomenal two-guard with the right coaching. And he gives them a bigger back-up two behind Monta Ellis (size is going to be a problem for this team’s backcourt). It’s just weird to surrender a guy who does the things that Mark Jackson always talks about for a shooter who shot 42 percent from the field (though he did shoot 41 percent from the arc).

But for the Warriors, with Kwame Brown, they’re clearly going for size. Jeremy Tyler showed some things in the Warriors’ preseason debut, and David Lee and Ekpe Udoh will get long minutes. Oh, and Andris Biedrins didn’t get amnestied. Rush may have trouble getting minutes, though, since Klay Thompson showed a ton of promise Saturday night.

  1. jmclarkent - Dec 18, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Not very long ago this trade would have been considered madness for Indiana…

  2. bparmalee - Dec 18, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    As weak as my Pacers are at the shooting guard spot.. I hope this means there is another deal coming. Rush isnt any good but neither is Amundson and we have depth at forward… kinda strange.

  3. bballerjones - Dec 19, 2011 at 6:02 AM

    Rush has been wanting out of ‘Naptown’ ever since he put down sneakers there. My son who was his roomy for a better part of three years has not been overly impressed with the Pacers from the front office on down. Maybe this move will give Brandon a chance to showcase his talent! Take it to’em, bro!

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