Free agent forward Louis Amundson has sparked interest from several teams, including the Lakers and Clippers, according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein.
Bartelstein said in an interview with the Los Angeles Newspaper Group that his client plans to finalize a deal with a team within the week, though he wouldn't go into exact specifics what role and terms would best suit Amundson.
Amundson had meetings with the Lakers and Clippers and even worked out at the team's respective facilities in recent weeks, but it remains unclear if he winds up playing in Los Angeles. The Clippers have 14 players under contract, and would likely add one more player to fit the league maximum at training camp, according to a league source familiar with the team's thought process. But the Clippers remain flexible in adding another player before training camp, the source said.
The Lakers have 12 players under contract and need to add another player to their roster before training camp starts on Sept. 27. The Lakers are expected to sign Ryan Kelly, who was drafted 48th overall out of Duke. But Kelly is currently rehabbing from foot surgery in April and it's unclear when he'll be fully healthy. The Lakers have also invited Marcus Landry to training camp after after leading the team's summer league in scoring.
Amundson bounced around last season with stints in Chicago, Minnesota and New Orleans. He played two seasons with Phoenix alongside Lakers guard Steve Nash, though that came after coach Mike D'Antoni left the Suns for a coaching gig with the New York Knicks. Amundson has averaged 3.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game through seven NBA seasons.
Now, Kurt Hellin of ProBasketball tells us why this signing makes sense for the Lakers but not really for the Clippers.
First the word of caution: A month ago we heard how Amundson was going to make his decision in a week. So don't bet on this timeline.
Of these teams, the Lakers make a little more roster sense. The Clippers have 14 contracts on the roster and while they might use that 15th spot for a big it seems more likely they would like a guy they can develop. Yes, the Clippers have questions about depth up front (unless you are big believer in Byron Mullens andRyan Hollins) but the fact is Amundson isn't the answer.
The Lakers would have 14 guys only if the keep second round pick Ryan Kelly - but he may not be healthy by training camp - and Summer League team leading scorer Marcus Landry. But they might let one of those two walk to make space for a veteran who can provide some depth up front (they project to have Kelly,Elias Harris, Jordan Hill and Robert Sacre as bigs off the bench behind Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman, with Gasol playing plenty of five).
What is your take, Clips Nation?