The Minnesota Timberwolves have come to terms on a veteran minimum contract with free agent power forward-center Lou Amundson. Amundson, 29, has previously played for Utah, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Golden State after going undrafted in the 2006 NBA Draft.
The 6-foot-9, 225 pound big man adds depth to Minnesota’s frontcourt and his addition surely spells the end of Anthony Tolliver’s time with the Timberpups. Tolliver, unwilling to accept the veteran minimum, will most certainly sign elsewhere and players including Dante Cunningham, Derrick Williams, and now Amundson will likely see increased minutes in Tolliver’s stead.
Amundson’s deal is a one-year guaranteed pact. Over six seasons, Amundson has averaged 4.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game. With his addition, it also appears unlikely that the Wolves will extend a camp invitation to free agent center Hassan Whiteside, as the team had previously worked him out.
I have to say that although I am sad to see Tolliver go, it would have most likely been a mistake to sign him for more than the veteran minimum as he has not proven to be a rotation player on a playoff team. Cunningham proved on Memphis that he can be a solid contributor with a contending team, and he possesses a very similar skill set to Tolliver. Amundson looks to be the third center on the depth chart behind Nikola Pekovic and Greg Stiemsma, and could see minutes behind Kevin Love, Williams, and Cunningham at PF. His ability to bang down low and do the dirty work will give the Pups added versatility to a team in need of frontcourt depth.