The Knicks acquired Lou Amundson as a throw-in in the J.R. Smith-Iman Shumpert-Dion Waiters trade, and they promptly waived him.
Then they re-signed him to a 10-day contract. Then another. Then eventually for the rest of the season.
New York apparently just can’t quit him.
Ian Begley of ESPN:
The New York Knicks and veteran big man Lou Amundson have agreed to a one-year, $1.65 million deal, Amundson’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Saturday.
Amundson’s minimum salary next season is $1,362,897, so unless that’s some generous rounding, the Knicks used cap space or the room exception to sign him. The best projection seems to be they used cap space, which leaves the $2,814,000 room exception for someone else.
At 32, Amundson had some nice moments for the Knicks providing hustle last season. He even started 35 games. With Robin Lopez signing in New York, Amundson should see a lesser role, which should serve the Knicks well. He was overextended at times last year.
Amundson is fighting aging, but fewer minutes against starters should help.
As long he can remain so energetic, he’s nice to have around.
Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers were reportedly close to a contract extension.
Then, they were reportedly apart in negotiations.
Cleveland general manager David Griffin, via Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:
Thompson still holds the major leverage he did before – sharing an agent, Rich Paul, with LeBron James. LeBron re-signing doesn’t change the Cavaliers’ willingness and need to appease him.
Remember, LeBron can become a free agent again next summer. But, really, even that doesn’t matter. The Cavaliers would still kowtow to LeBron if he were on a 50-year contract, because that’s how this work.
Thompson and Paul surely know that, which is why they’ll wait until Cleveland comes correct with a max or near-max offer.
Luc Mbah a Moute spent an entire nine games with the Sacramento Kings before he was traded to Minnesota two seasons ago. Then last summer the Timberwolves used him as a salary balancing bit part of the three-team Kevin Love trade, and Mbah a Moute ended up in Philadelphia. There he played relatively well for a season — relative to the rest of the Sixers roster, we mean. At least he was a professional that hustled every time he was on the court and understood how to play the game.
Now the Cameroonian forward is looking for a new landing spot, and it may be Sacramento, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
This is likely a league minimum deal or something close to it.
The Kings have the athletic but raw and inexperienced Willie Cauley-Stein at the four, they could use a professional, veteran, mentor for him and Mbah a Moute can provide that. That said, Mbah a Moute may have averaged 9.9 points a game last season in Philly, but he isn’t going to get the touches to do that in Sacramento. He’d have to take a smaller role.
Apparently he’s ready to do that.