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Report: Lakers, Sixers, Knicks among teams looking at Amundson

Feb 12, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

Lou Amundson AP

Lou Amundson has had an up-and-down few years in his “energy guy off the bench” role. He did well in Phoenix a for a couple years, had less success two seasons ago for Golden State and even less last season in Indiana.

The power forward struggled enough for the Timberwolves this season — mainly an offensive liability shooting 36.8 percent — that they cut him loose.

Now that he has cleared waivers, a few teams are desperate enough for frontcourt help they are considering bringing him in, tweets Ken Berger at

This has the feel of an agent or someone in the player’s camp trying to make it sound like there is a lot of interest in the player.

Amundson is a hard-working defender and is still solid on the glass, there is some value in that. However, he is a liability on the offensive end. Think about it this way: Amundson is a power forward playing on a team that has lost Kevin Love for long stretches and they cut him loose. He’s not an impact guy.

But a team likely will grab him as a body to round out the roster.

  1. BigBeachBall - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    1st team all defense 06 – 07

    in the d-league…

  2. hillzmickelzon - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    I can’t believe teams are looking at him with Kenyon martin just sitting there for the Lakers to take him, I would have no problem with kenyon Martin being on the Lakers I mean who is gonna help Dwight out vs that okc frontline? Lou should go to the Sixers Asap becauce they could care less about hustle and team defense. I call it the nick young effect with nick on your team you can’t focus on D because nick is stealing all your shots.. Mitch please sign Kenyon and save the laker season.

    • jolink653 - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      Yeah, because Kenyon Martin is the gonna be the one to save the Lakers season…There’s a reason why no one wants him

  3. mazblast - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    As soon as you see phrases like “energy guy off the bench” or its baseball equivalents, “gritty” and “hustling”, you know the subject is some undertalented white guy who doesn’t really do anything well but yet still gets playing time.

    • paleihe - Feb 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      This is the NBA. If you’re getting playing time, it’s for a reason. Having lots of energy is infectious, and is a skill/talent within itself.

      Race has nothing to do with this, cause “energy guy” has been used for Turiaf, and Reggie Evans.

  4. 00maltliquor - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    Oh God no Lakers….please turn the other way and keep moving. Haven’t you guys learned anything from the Josh McRoberts experiment?

    If anything pick up a real big like 6”11-7”0 so we can stop having to put Earl Clark as a backup C cause Pau and J Hill are out and done. Unless it’s Kenyon Martin, we can do that.

    • zacksdad - Feb 13, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      Why would the Lakers be looking for a big? D’Antoni would only put him on the bench. He only likes outside shooters. And Jimmie to save face would not sign someone that does not work with Mike’s horrible offense. Jimmie needs the team to do good to show that he hired the “right” guy.

  5. skids003 - Feb 13, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Where’s all the articles this morning on how bad the Great Kobe played last night, yet his teammates pulled through and won. He stunk it up, yet they won!! Come on, Kurt, what’s up?

  6. shaner329 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    If it isn’t obvious the Sixers are desperate, I think this shows it.

    So tough being a fan…

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