Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Knicks interested in Lou Amundson
By Ian Begley
Lou Amundson's agent has had an ongoing dialogue with the Knicks about bringing the bruising center to New York.
Several teams, including some with more money to offer than the Knicks, have also expressed interest in Amundson.
According to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida, Amundson has drawn interest from Charlotte, which can offer the $2.5 non tax-payer exception.
The Knicks can offer only the veteran's minimum to Amundson.
Amundson's agent, Mark Bartelstein, says Amundson is in no rush to make a decision.
"Glen (Grunwald) and I have talked," Bartelstein said. "(Amundson) is the best big man on the market, so there's no reason to be impatient."
Amundson isn't the only free-agent big man being linked to New York.
Donte Greene, formerly of Sacramento, said the Knicks are one of three teams he's considering. Kenyon Martin appeared to be a potential target, but recent reports have stated that the veteran is considering the Lakers and Nets. Though, according to colleague Jared Zwerling, Martin wouldn't accept the veteran's minimum, which appears to be all the Lakers and Nets have to offer.
Zwerling also reports former Nuggets big Chris Anderson is open to signing for the veteran's minimum.
Other candidates include D.J. White and Andray Blatche.
The Knicks have 13 guaranteed contracts, and in theory can add two more to get to the maximum roster allotment of 15.
Many have speculated that the Knicks will add a reserve forward of Amundson's ilk before Opening Night.
The 6-9, six-year veteran averaged 3.5 points and 3.7 rebounds in 12.6 minutes for Indiana last season.