Lakers, Knicks, 76ers Eyeing Lou Amundson

February 12 2013 at 4:34pm CDT By Luke Adams

When the Timberwolves signed Mickael Gelabale and Chris Johnson to rest-of-season deals last week, Louis Amundson was the roster casualty, released to open up a roster spot. He's now an unrestricted free agent, and is drawing some interest from teams in need of frontcourt help, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports (via Twitter). Berger reports (via Twitter) that the Lakers, Knicks, and 76ers are among the clubs that have internally discussed Amundson.

Amundson was on a minimum-salary contract with the T-Wolves, so the cost of claiming him off waivers wouldn't have been exorbitant. As such, I doubt we'll see any sort of bidding war over the 30-year-old. Still, he would certainly have appeal on a 10-day contract, or perhaps as a post-trade-deadline addition, for teams with a roster spot available. At the moment, the Lakers and Sixers have open roster spots, while the Knicks would need to release a player to clear room.

In 20 games with the Wolves this season, Amundson averaged just 8.1 minutes per contest, his lowest mark since 2007/08. His 6.4 PER and .368 FG% were also career-lows. In past seasons, the veteran big man has proven to be a useful bench piece with the Suns, Warriors, and Pacers.

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