- Marc Stein, ESPN Senior Writer
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The New York Knicks, by signing Louis Amundson to a 10-day contract Saturday, have just expanded the NBA’s all-time Ten Team Club to an even dozen.
Amundson was promptly waived by the Knicks earlier this week after they acquired him from Cleveland as part of the three-team swap with Memphis and Oklahoma City headlined by J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Dion Waiters. But by re-signing him, New York has given Amundson the opportunity to join the following exclusive list.
Below are the only 12 players in league history to have played for at least 10 different teams:
11 teams: Mike James and Kevin Ollie.
Of those, only Amundson and Washington’s Gooden are active, although veteran guard Mike James is on the hunt for potentially his 12th different NBA employer if he can land a D-League call-up. James, 39, is currently playing for the Texas Legends in the D-League.
Amundson is still only 32 years old, which means he theoretically has plenty of time to add to his total of teams and potentially become the NBA’s first 13-team player. But he’s not the youngest player to get to 10 teams. That would be current Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Damon Jones, who was just 29 when he hit the 10-team mark before spending the next three seasons in Cleveland and then returning to Milwaukee to finish his career.
Amundson’s 358 career regular-season games, though, are by far the fewest of anyone on the list. His longest stay in one spot in terms of games played was Phoenix, where he played 155 games over two full seasons. His travels around the league include a two-minute stint in Utah, three minutes with the Bulls spread over two stops and his 12-game cameo with the Cavs this season. Those travels technically do not include the Sacramento Kings, who were the first NBA team to sign him out of UNLV but let Amundson go before the start of the 2006-07 regular season.
The full list of teams Amundson has played for: Chicago, Cleveland, Golden State, Indiana, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Utah.
Golden State’s Shaun Livingston, meanwhile, is the only other active player who has played for at least nine franchises. He’s in the first year of a three-year deal with the Warriors, so don’t expect the The Team Club to grow again anytime soon.
389dBrian Windhorst and Marc Stein