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Lou Amundson has free agent meetings with Clippers and Lakers

Aug 17, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Louis Amundson AP

The Lakers and the Clippers are in similar situations where the salary cap is concerned, in that each team currently has 12 players with guaranteed contracts on the books for next season resulting in a committed total payroll amount somewhere north of $70 million.

Both clubs are looking to potentially add a veteran piece to the end of their bench for the league minimum, and they reportedly met with the same free agent this week.

From Shams Charania of RealGM (via HoopsHype):

The Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers were the two teams that Lou Amundson visited this week and discussions went positively with both organizations, agent Mark Bartelstein told RealGM on Friday.

Amundson had met with a couple teams last week and sat down with two more within the past few days, and the 6-foot-9 forward is continuing dialogue with interested teams in hopes of landing a deal soon.

“They were good meetings,” Bartelstein said. “I wouldn’t quite use the word frontrunner right now, but there’s interest, and hopefully we can get something done soon.”

The Clippers are more likely to add Amundson, even though they have their sights set on either Lamar Odom or Antawn Jamison, because they’re trying to contend for a title. You can never have enough depth in that situation, especially someone productive like Amundson who can defend and rebound to eat up some of those bench minutes during the long grind of the regular season.

Amundson bounced around last year, playing for Minnesota and then Chicago (well, at least technically) before finishing the season in New Orleans.

Also, he once took a punch to the face from Zach Randolph and didn’t hit the deck — that has to count for something.

  1. 00maltliquor - Aug 17, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Oh please go to the Clippers! C’mon Lakers, there are far better PF options out there, stop it!

    • jimsjam33 - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:52 AM

      Who did you have in mind ? Amundsen in a reserve roll is as good as it gets . A limited minutes player who knows his role and keeps his mouth shut .

  2. imakcds - Aug 17, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Laker Fans PLEASE be realistic: we DON’T always need to have the ‘glamour’ boy, especially not for this coming Stop Gap season. It’s a team game, and Amundson can provide needed frontcourt beef. His typical contributions could even earn him a spot on the team in 2014-15.
    Why have you no faith in your team?
    Trust in Mitch. He’s Proven, but the new CBA makes it a new ball game. I think he’s putting together a competitive team for next year. May not make the playoffs (I think they will, especially if Kobe returns), but they won’t be getting blown out every night.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Who is/are the “glamor boy(s)” you speak of?? All the “glamorous” players have been signed at this point homie. How is it not realistic to want someone who will sign for minimum who will be far more productive then this overrated bench warmer? Seriously. This guy reminds me of a McRoberts 2.0 . Hard worker but that’s about it.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      There’s a reason he’s played for 8 teams in 6 years buddy. Teams/coaches admire his hustle and hard work but when it comes down to it he just isn’t that good or productive. He just takes up space on the floor and gives you empty minutes. May have a nice hustle play or two, but nothing that really impacts the game.

      • imakcds - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:03 PM

        had to reply twice?? My post makes sense, try reading it again, the ‘glamor boys’ are a reference to YOUR post, your desires and wants.

  3. jammer73 - Aug 17, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    If the Lakers sign him it puts them back in contention for the finals! YES…gutter done.

  4. onlyavoice - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    He Already Knows He Can’t Win With Nash,
    Clippers Here He Comes.

  5. jimsjam33 - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    He’s perfect for the Clippers . He’ll be Griffin’s backup for 12 to 15 minutes per game . Just defend , get a rebound or two , and hustle . The rest of the Clippers can score . Clippers you need this guy .

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