Heat look at Amundson, but nothing certain
Feb 28, 2013 at 12:53p ET
MIAMI — Free-agent forward Lou Amundson said the Miami Heat are considering him for their open roster spot. But he isn’t sure it will end up being the right fit.
Amundson said in a phone interview Thursday that his agent, Mark Bartelstein, has had conversations with Heat president Pat Riley about him. But he said the recent signing by Miami of Chris Andersen might be too much of a duplication as the Heat seek to possibly fill their 15th spot.
“When they signed the ‘Birdman,’ he’s kind of a similar player,’’ Amundson said about he and Andersen both being athletic big men. “But there’s still a possibility (with Miami). That would be great if I could go there.’’
The 6-foot-9 Amundson said other teams in mix for him are Chicago, Boston and New York. The Knicks have a full roster of 15, but Amundson said they’re waiting to see how it works out with Kenyon Martin, who recently signed a 10-day contract. The Knicks also could clear a roster spot by waiving Rasheed Wallace, out for the season due to a foot injury.
“Any of them would be great,’’ Amundson, who has been working out in his hometown of Denver after being waived Feb. 8 by Minnesota, said of the teams looking at him. “They’re all good teams.’’
Amundson had been playing little with the Timberwolves, and said that before he was waived he had looked into whether a trade could be worked out. He said a possible deal that included Amundson going to Philadelphia with point guard Luke Ridnour for center Spencer Hawes was nixed by the Timberwovles due to concerns about that leaving them too thin at point guard as Ricky Rubio works his way back to full strength following knee surgery.
The Heat long have liked Amundson, having offered him guaranteed money after he had been undrafted out of UNLV in 2006 and before he went to Sacramento. Amundson has seven-year NBA averages of 3.8 points and 3.6 rebounds.