Heat look at Amundson, but nothing certain

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.

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