Knicks Sign Lou Amundson For Rest Of Season

FRIDAY, 12:10pm: The signing is official, the team announced (on Twitter).

THURSDAY, 10:18am: The Knicks will re-sign Lou Amundson to a deal that covers the rest of the season, a league source tells Shams Charania of RealGM (Twitter link). His second 10-day contract with New York expires at night’s end. It’s not clear whether his new pact will have an additional season tacked on, but it’ll be for the minimum salary, since that’s all the Knicks can hand out. He’ll join Lance Thomas, whom the Knicks are also reportedly set to re-sign for the season, and Langston Galloway, who signed a two-year deal Tuesday with the Knicks, to give the Knicks a full 15-man roster.

Amundson came off the bench in his Knicks debut, but he has since made five straight starts, and the Knicks have gone 4-1 in those games. New York was just 5-36 before Amundson entered the starting lineup, and on Wednesday coach Derek Fisher publicly implored the front office to re-sign the big man. The ninth-year veteran has scored only 4.7 points in 23.2 minutes per game in New York, but he’s averaging 6.5 boards per night. He, like Thomas, came to the Knicks in a three-team trade earlier this month, and the Knicks signed both to consecutive 10-day contracts after waiving them shortly after the swap to buy some time before guaranteeing their minimum salaries for the rest of the season.

The 32-year-old Amundson, a Mark Bartelstein client, has signed 10-day contracts with four different teams throughout his career, as our 10-Day Contract Tracker shows. Only once before did he parlay a 10-day contract into a deal for the rest of the season, having done so with the Sixers in his rookie season.

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