This is the time of the season where contending teams hold off on signing street free agents in order to see who gets waived from other teams that might be able to supplement their rosters. The New York Knicks are no different. With Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby suffering from injuries the Knicks could look into strengthening their frontcourt. While most fans have been zeroing in on Kenyon Martin the team could look elsewhere. What about the Minnesota Timberwolves Louis Amundson?
Louis Amundson is a 6'9", 225 pound power forward/center from Ventura, California. He went undrafted out of UNLV in 2006 and worked his way into the NBA by playing in the D-League for the Colorado 14ers. He was named the NBA D-League Rookie of the Year in 2007. That allowed him to play for the Utah Jazz in 2007. From 2007-08 he played for the Philadelphia 76ers, from 2008-10 he played for the Phoenix Suns, from 2010-11 he played for the Golden State Warriors, from 2011-12 he played for the Indiana Pacers and from 2012 on he's played for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
During the off-season the Knicks expressed interest in Amundson but he eventually signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, the Timberwolves have recently signed Chris Johnson and Mickael Gelabale to 10-day contracts. If Minnesota decides to sign them for the rest of the season they will likely place Amundson on waivers.
Still, the main personnel issue involving the Knicks is their frontcourt defensive depth without Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace; not to mention, Kurt Thomas is 40 years old. While Camby appears to be making progress, the overall concern is their age and durability behind Tyson Chandler, and Wallace remains a big question mark.
"Personally, I think Sheed is done for the year," one league source said.
But according to the same source, the Knicks — specifically Mike Woodson — are not rushing to bring in a new face.
"Woody doesn't want to add anyone," the source said. "He was buying more time for Sheed. The Knicks are letting him do it his way."
Another source said the Knicks will likely wait until after the All-Star break to make a decision on Wallace. But it doesn't mean they shouldn't monitor the Amundson situation.
Most fans have grown impatient with the lack of frontcourt depth and want the Knicks to move on from Wallace and sign veteran free agent Kenyon Martin. Martin too was looked at in the off-season but he was asking for more money than the Knicks had available. Now that no other team has met his demands and the season has progressed Martin has stated his willingness to not only accept the veterans minimum but to prove his worth through a 10-day contract. Still the Knicks remain in a waiting pattern.