Lou Amundson is a blue-collar, hard working player who doesn’t have any exceptional skills but can fill in down low in a pinch, do his job, and always give consistent effort, which is harder to find in the NBA than you’d think. He’s a free agent and hasn’t gotten the deal he’s looking for yet. As a result, Sam Amick of SI.com says that he’s considering, but not leaning towards, an offer from overseas:
Forward Lou Amundson – he of the high-energy, doing-the-dirty-work six-year career – continues to weigh his NBA options but is also talking to teams overseas. The Greek team Panathinaikos of the Euroleague is among said teams, source says. Amundson, who played a reserve role in Indiana last season, is confident he’ll find a good spot in the league but is looking at everything.
via Sam Amick’s post on NBA Free Agency | Latest updates on Sulia.
If he wanted the most money he could probably get a European team to pay through the roof for him eventually. But he can also have a much easier time of it just by being patient. Training camp will start, and, regrettably, someone will get injured. That team will be desperate for bodies, and Amundson will be available. It won’t take much for him to be in a position to contribute to a team, it just takes time.
But losing Amundson overseas would totally be a bummer, man.
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Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.
Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.
So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.
So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?
Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.
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