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.

Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on

Twitter @christomason.