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Amundson chooses Warriors over Hornets

Posted on: September 13, 2010 11:36 am
Free-agent forward Lou Amundson agreed to a two-year, $4.7 million deal with the Warriors Monday, choosing Golden State over the Hornets in a lengthy negotiation that took longer than agent Mark Bartelstein expected.

"It just came down to Golden State being the right fit," Bartelstein said.

Asked what made it the right fit, Bartelstein gave an answer that will no doubt intrigue all followers of the meandering, seemingly rudderless W's.

"Just the vision that [GM] Larry Riley kind of laid out with the change in ownership and the style they want to play," Bartelstein said.

No wonder the negotiation took so long. From the outside looking in, the Warriors look like a team with no vision, with an aging coach who won't go away, and with an uncertain future under incoming owners Joseph Lacob and Peter Guber.

The $450 million sale of the team from Chris Cohan to Lacob and Guber won't be approved by the NBA's Board of Governors until sometime next month. Training camps open at the end of September, so presumably Don Nelson will vacate his hammock in Maui to coach the team. According to Bartelstein, the pitch Riley made to Amundson did not address Nellie's future. "I think that's still something they're trying to work through," Bartelstein said.

There's no doubt Amundson will be a good fit in the Warriors' up-tempo style; he was part of an effective bench brigade in Phoenix that at times rattled the Lakers with their hectic pace during the Western Conference finals. But which coach will he be playing for in the Bay Area? Nellie or his presumed successor, Keith Smart? Or both, before all is said and done? Remains to be seen. Whatever the case, Amundson was sold on the vision enough to turn down the Hornets, who with a healthy and reasonably content Chris Paul would appear to be a far more likely playoff contender.


Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2010 7:26 pm

Amundson chooses Warriors over Hornets

I think you are right on Webbed One. I think his was a vision was of Benjamin's. The Warriors do offer a lot more front court question marks, with only David Lee locked into a starters spot (both Biendrens and Wright are coming off injuries and seem fragile). In addition, they have a style that allows even bench players to rack up stats, which will be beneficial, in two years, when this contract is up.

Besides, my sources tell me that the Hornet were never in play for this guy......

Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2010 7:43 am

Amundson chooses Warriors over Hornets

My Spidey sense tells me the Warriors offered more cash.  A role player like Amundsen has to eat too.

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