According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Warriors are one of four teams trying to sign free agent Louis Amundson. The high-energy power forward, who averaged 4.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 14.8 minutes per game last season with the Suns, is closing in on a decision between the Warriors, Pacers and Hornets. Another unidentified team, according to Stein, may also be in the mix.
Hopefully this means Amundson’s price tag, once expected to be about $3 million per season, has come down. The Warriors have as much as $2.2 million to spend on Amundson. There’s also the possibility that the Warriors could acquire him in a sign-and-trade with the Suns, perhaps sending a second-round pick and a trade exception. That might be the way Amundson gets his desired $3 million.
If the Warriors can acquire Amundson for something like $7 million over three years, I think that would be an excellent signing. I’d even be willing to push it to three years and $9 million, if that’s what it takes. Amundson seems like an ideal backup for David Lee.
Check out this video of Amundson blocking consecutive shot attempts at the rim against the Lakers’ Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.