Suns free-agent forward signs two year deal with Warriors, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports.
Posted by Matt Moore
Lou Amundson's long journey of free agency is finally, thankfully over. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirms that Amundson has signed with the Golden State Warriors for a two-year deal for $4.7 million. Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports and Marc Stein of ESPN both had reports earlier confirming the signing. Berger confirms that the second year of the deal is a player option, leaving both Amundson and the Warriors flexibility down the line if the marriage doesn't work, so to speak.
Amundson has been on the vine since free agency started, despite being a huge part of the Suns' run to the Western Conference Finals. At 27 years old, he's not a spring chicken, but he's not getting fit for a walker, either. He finished with a 16.7% rebounding rate , that's right behind Kendrick Perkins among centers. He's not the caliber of Perkins, but he does provide solid rebounding production and defensive effort off the bench. In Don Nelson's system, it'll be interesting to see if he's able to keep up that kind of work in a system that neither rewards, nor facillitates good rebounding or good defense.
But Amundson deserved a job, and it's good for the Warriors that they nabbed him this late for a good price.