MINNEAPOLIS – According to multiple reports, the Minnesota Timberwolves have signed free-agent forward Louis Amundson to a one-year deal.
Reports from Yahoo! Sports and SI.com cited Amundson’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, as confirming the signing. The Timberwolves’ salary cap constraints currently permit them only to offer a veteran’s minimum deal to any players they sign.
Amundson won the 2007 D-League Rookie of the Year Award with the Colorado 14ers before making his NBA debut with Utah in February 2007. He played in college for UNLV and went undrafted in 2006.
Since appearing in that one game with Utah, Amundson has played for the 76ers, Suns, Warriors and, most recently, Pacers. Last season in Indiana, he appeared in 60 games, starting none and averaging 3.6 points and 3.7 rebounds. Amundson’s best season came in 2009-10 with Phoenix, when he averaged 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds and shot 55.1 percent from the field in 79 games off the bench.
The 6-foot-9, 225-pound big man will face stiff competition for minutes, with Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic set to take the majority of minutes at power forward and center, respectively. Greg Stiemsma also will be in the mix as a backup center.
Before signing Amundson, the Timberwolves had 13 guaranteed contracts entering training camp, and they’d remained in talks with free-agent forward Anthony Tolliver about returning. Signing Amundson likely will make Tolliver’s situation more difficult; he’s still waiting to sign as training camps loom within the week.