Addressing their deficiency on the wings was the primary concern for the Los Angeles Clippers heading into 2013 NBA Free Agency. They did a fantastic job of doing so in landing J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley, along with picking up Reggie Bullock in the draft. However, the Clippers are still scrambling to make at least one more signing.
The Clips now have solid depth on the wings, at point guard with the signing of Darren Collison, and have options at center after they signed Byron Mullens. However, they still have no depth beyond Blake Griffin at the power forward right now, an issue they are trying to address.
The latest candidate to come and meet with the Clippers was seven-year veteran Lou Amundson. Amundson’s agent Mark Bartelstein told RealGM that Amundson met with the Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers this week and said that they were both “good meetings.”
Amundson is just another power forward in a lengthening list that the Clippers have shown interest in, joining Antawn Jamison and Lamar Odom, who spent last season with the Clips. Of those three players, though, Amundson has the lowest profile and the least amount of success in this league.
In seven seasons the 30-year-old forward has played in 327 career games. Over his career he has averaged just 3.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 12.8 minutes per game while shooting 49 percent from the floor. He’s by no means a liability when he’s on the floor in the NBA, but he’s also not going to bring a whole to the table, either.
Though I’m not a fan of the Clippers bringing in Jamison and even though Odom was pretty awful for the Clips last season, it feels like both players are better options that Amundson. None of the three would get huge minutes playing behind a developing star like Griffin, but Jamison and Odom would be able to contribute in limited minutes more so than Amundson. If the team ends up landing Amundson, though, it would likely be for very cheap, so it really wouldn’t be all that bad.