The Cavs worked out Lou Amundson last week, a source tells Jorge Sierra of HoopsHype (Twitter link). They’re among the teams that the Mark Bartelstein client is considering with training camps set to open in two weeks, Sierra adds.
Amundson has been a free agent since the middle of July, shortly after the Bulls released his non-guaranteed deal. That was no surprise, since the Bulls signed him late last season chiefly so he could serve as a trade chip, and it never appeared as though Chicago had any intention of keeping him into this coming season. The 31-year-old has bounced around quite a bit, having played for five teams in the last four seasons after a successful run in Phoenix’s rotation. He’s been exclusively on minimum-salary contracts the past two seasons, and it’d be surprising to see him land more than that for this year. Cleveland is limited to giving out no more than the minimum.
The Cavs have been looking for rim protection of late, and though he’s listed at just 6’9″, Amundson has recorded 2.0 blocks per 36 minutes over the course of his eight years in the NBA. Cleveland already has deals with 18 players, but only 12 of them have fully guaranteed pacts. Anderson Varejao, who’s set to play a prominent role in the team’s frontcourt rotation as usual, is one of four Cavs with partially guaranteed deals.