Sweet Lou Amundson on his way to town

Benjamin Polk —  September 24, 2012 — 8 Comments

Oh well now this is getting hilarious. Just as we embark on an epic conversation regarding the meaning of the Wolves very whiteness, “the intensifying agent in things the most appalling to mankind,” the team goes ahead and signs olde Lou Amundson to a one-year deal at the veterans minimum, reports Chris Tomasson of FOX Sports.

Although I argued last week that the Wolves racial makeup ought to be seen as an outgrowth of the new poly-cultural, multi-stylistic NBA, I must admit that there the weirdness of the situation resurfaces with every white dude the Wolves acquire. On the other hand, I like Lou Amundson. He’s an athletic, energetic forward who loves to stir things up on the court and was at the heart of the Suns incredible run of playoff success and positive vibes of two seasons ago.

On the other other hand, this means that the Wolves will likely not resign Anthony Tolliver, and I liked him a lot too.

Update:

Here’s what the Wolves had to say about the Amundson signing:

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed free-agent forward/center Lou Amundson. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“Lou is an active defender and rebounder who will give us plenty of hustle and energy when he is on the floor,” said David Kahn, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. “We feel Lou is a good complement to our existing roster.”

Amundson, 29, is a six-year NBA veteran who spent the 2011-12 season with Indiana, averaging 3.5 points and 3.7 rebounds in 60 games. In 288 career games (7 starts), the 6-9 forward/center has averages of 4.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 13.2 minutes per game. His best season came in 2009-10 with the Phoenix Suns when he finished with averages of 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds. In addition to playing for Indiana and Phoenix (2008-10), Amundson also saw action for Philadelphia for parts of  the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons, and played in one game for Utah in 2006-07. He has appeared in a total of 29 playoffs games for Philadelphia, Phoenix and Indiana, averaging 2.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game.

 

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8 responses to Sweet Lou Amundson on his way to town

  1. I agree, and also said the same thing on the ESPN “rumors” page when the signing was posted there. I like AT he has been working out with the team all fall. knows the players and the system. and is just a pretty good guy and an NBA caliber player. Not that Amundson isn’t as well. It’s just that it is starting to feel as if the Wolves are going out of their way to bring in white players when they do what basically amounts to a lateral move like this.

    Not sure what’s weirder the Wolves trying to make some type of racial statement or the number of Wolves moving to Phoenix.

  2. I also liked Tolliver a lot. Amundson could be a great role player as well. So if I’m not mistaken, the lineup will be as follows:

    Rubio (IR), Barea, Ridnour
    Roy, Shved
    AK47, Buddinger, Cunningham
    Love, Williams, Amundson
    Pek, Stiemsma.

    Now if my math is correct, that is 10 white guys 3 black guys. This is getting ridiculous. I honestly really like our team though. If Roy, Shved, and AK47 can contribute in ways the Wolves think they can, we could be great. That is also assuming Rubio comes back healthy and 100% in December, and that we dont go winless before his return…

  3. @Mickey – don’t forget Lee and possibly Will Conroy (non-guaranteed).

  4. This signing is pretty nice for the wolves. Louis is a great player, I saw him when he played for PHX. I just cant see this MIN roster being unsuccessful. AK47 is sooo unselfish, its almost like having a ‘point-forward’ a la Pippen. MIN fans will LOVE Kirilenko. And Shved looks like a great back-up combo guard. If Roy can score in bunches like he used to….watch out! Cunningham and Budinger are solid bench players too. Here’s to hoping that Ridnour never plays at the “2” again!

  5. Shield your eyes from the brightly skinned Timberwolves!! For real though, this roster is loaded with guys that understand how to pass and get the best shot possible. Not one “ball-stopper” on the roster. Love it!

  6. pagingstanleyroberts September 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Frnorth: This isn’t a lateral move. The Wolves had only the vet minimum to offer. Tolliver wouldn’t take it. Amundson did.

  7. What is the over/under on whiteout headlines regarding the Wolves this year?

  8. @ pagingstanleyroberts..

    Veteran forward Anthony Tolliver has signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks, according to Peach Tree Hoops. The deal, according to Fox Sports Florida, is worth the league minimum of $915,852.

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