A veteran of nine NBA teams, center Lou Amundson looks like he will be staying in the “Big Apple” for a third consecutive season.
On Monday, the New York Knicks reached an agreement to re-sign the veteran big man as it will be a fully guaranteed contract, per ESPN.com’s Ian Begley. As a result, this doesn’t appear to be a training camp-only deal.
New York now has 15 players signed to guaranteed deals.
While this could conceivably help the Knicks, who don’t boast a deep depth chart in their frontcourt, it is not as if Amundson has been a relevant player in the “Big Apple” the past two seasons. The 6-9 center averaged 1.8 points per game in 29 contests last season.
Arriving in what turned out to be a seminal trade that shipped shooting guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cleveland Cavaliers in early 2015, Amundson did score six points per game for the Knicks that season after being a deep bench presence on a Cavaliers team that until that point had struggled in forward LeBron James’ second Cleveland stint.
This year’s Knicks have retooled considerably, adding former Chicago Bulls’ center Joakim Noah and point guard Derrick Rose, along with guards Brandon Jennings and Courtney Lee, to join forwards Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. Beyond Noah and Porzingis in the frontcourt, the Knicks have another big man in Kyle O’Quinn.
The franchise added center Marshall Plumlee as an undrafted free agent and have fellow center Willy Hernangomez as a holdover, though one who did not play for the organization’s NBA team last season.
Amundson is now 34 and has never averaged more than 4.9 points for a full season. Even so, he has been a sought-after commodity nonetheless, having played for the Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Bulls and New Orleans Pelicans prior to going to Cleveland and eventually New York.