Amundson was released by the Knicks on Friday, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.
Amundson's cutting comes despite the fact that his contract was fully guaranteed for the 2016-17 season, which shows that even had New York kept the big man, he would have had little-to-no role on the Knicks this year. This would be Amundson's 11th NBA season, so given that he is a veteran, there is a chance that the 33-year-old is signed down the road by a team in need of some fairly reliable frontcourt depth.
Amundson (back) played eight minutes in Saturday's 116-98 preseason win over the Nets, scoring two points (1-2 FG) and adding three assists and a rebound.
A back issue prevented Amundson from suiting up in the Knicks' preseason opener Tuesday against the Rockets, but a few days off was all he needed to remedy the situation. Amundson's contract for the 2016-17 season is fully guaranteed, but he'll still need to play well enough in training camp and the preseason in order to hold off Marshall Plumlee for a roster spot.
Amundson has been ruled out of Tuesday's preseason matchup against the Rockets due to a back injury, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.
Amundson isn't expected to play much more than a deep reserve role in the frontcourt this season, so even when healthy, he's not a viable fantasy option. He's currently dealing with a back injury, although it's unclear how long it could keep him sidelined.
Amundson re-signed with the Knicks on Monday to a one-year contract, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.
The contract is reportedly fully guaranteed, meaning the Knicks likely intend on keeping him on the roster for the regular season, rather than just bringing him in as a training camp body. The 10-year veteran will slot in as a reserve option at both power forward and center, but isn't expected to see significant minutes, as he'll be a bit buried on the depth chart. Amundson averaged 1.8 points and 1.7 rebounds over just seven minutes per game last season and should see a similar role going forward, making him a player to avoid in fantasy leagues.
Amundson went scoreless (0-2 FG) while grabbing one rebound in four minutes during the Knicks' 111-97 loss to the Hornets on Wednesday.
Amundson has appeared in six games since the All-Star break, registering a grand total of six rebounds, three assists, three blocks, two points, one steal, and six turnovers across 33 minutes. Those numbers wouldn't even be attractive if sandwiched into one showing, and the 33-year-old journeyman is merely a bench warmer who can be avoided across all fantasy formats.
Amundson has made only one appearance in the Knicks' five February contests, logging a total of two minutes.
Amundson looks to be the fifth man on the Knicks' frontcourt depth chart, a role which will prevent him from leaving the bench more often than not. It will likely take at least two injuries to his fellow big men before Amundson even comes close to averaging 20 minutes per contest.
Amundson had one rebound in six minutes during the Knicks' 102-84 win against the Suns on Friday.
Amundson has now appeared in seven games this month, but is seeing just six minutes per contest. As a result, he can safely be avoided in all fantasy formats.
Amundson (back) has been active for the Knicks' last two games, but didn't see the court in either contest.
Amundson had been inactive due to back spasms as recently as the Knicks' Jan. 3 game against the Hawks, but his availability off the bench the last two games suggests that he's now past the issue. However, his lack of usage indicates that he's not a part of coach Derek Fisher's rotation, as all of Robin Lopez, Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick Williams, Kyle O'Quinn, and Kevin Seraphin rank ahead of him for playing time in the frontcourt.
Amundson (back) has missed the past five games due to some lower-back tightness.
Amundson is averaging just eight minutes per game this season when he has been healthy, so his absence isn't a dramatic loss for the Knicks. There is no clear timetable for his return, with his next chance to return to the court coming Tuesday against the Hawks.
Amundson (back) remained unavailable in Sunday's 111-97 win over the Hawks.
Amundson hasn't appeared in a contest since Dec. 23, and it's not clear when he'll be ready to play again. Once he's fully healthy, Amundson will likely struggle to see more than 10 minutes off the bench on any given day.
Amundson (back) has officially been ruled out of Tuesday's game against the Pistons, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.
Amundson is dealing with some lower back tightness and it will cost him his second straight game after sitting out on Saturday as well. Amundson's role off the bench isn't much, as he's averaging just eight minutes per game, so even when fully healhty his fantasy value will remain limited. Consider him questionable for Friday's matchup with the Bulls as well.
Amundson will not play Saturday against the Hawks due to lower-back tightness.
The veteran forward was playing a very small role for the Knicks, so there are not wide-reaching fantasy implications here. His next chance to play will be Sunday in Boston.
Amundson tallied 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-6 FT), four rebounds, three steals, and one assist over 10 minutes in Wednesday's 106-85 loss to the Jazz.
With the Knicks trailing by 25 points at halftime, Amundson was able to take advantage of his extended playing time, as coach Derek Fisher opted to rest his starters for much of the second half with a game in Sacramento on Thursday looming. When he's been active recently, Amundson has been the last man on the bench for the Knicks, and with Fisher normally utilizing a nine-to-11-man rotation, that's resulted in Amundson going unused more often than not. He's played in only two of the Knicks' last six games.
Amundson (head) played eight minutes off the bench in Saturday's win over the Rockets. He failed to score (0-2 FT) and contributed one assist during his time on the court.
Amundson was held out for just one game after suffering a laceration to his scalp Tuesday against the Hornets. The veteran big man has remained a part of coach Derek Fisher's rotation of late, but he's still only averaging just 10.8 minutes per game on the season.
Amundson left Tuesday's game due to a laceration to his scalp and will not return, Al Iannazzone of Newsday Sports reports.
Amundson took a hard elbow from the Hornets' Marvin Williams, who was then ejected after being called for a flagrant two on the play. Amundson left after just seven minutes of action, going scoreless with one rebound and an assist. He's only played five games so far this season because of a back injury that forced him to miss time, so the ninth-year forward just can't catch a break. Consider him a game-time decision for Friday's matchup with the Thunder.
Amundson (back) made his season debut in Wednesday's win over the Raptors, playing five minutes and accruing one steal and two fouls.
After suffering a sore lower back late in training camp, Amundson was unavailable for the Knicks' first few games, but has been back to full health for about a week. However, due to the Knicks' deep frontcourt rotation, Amundson was unable to get off the bench until Tuesday, and that could remain a stumbling block for him in the games to come. Expect him to remain on the bench more often than not.
Amundson (back) is listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers.
Lower-back soreness has prevented Amundson from making his season debut, but the probable designation bodes well for his availability Wednesday. Even so, because Amundson remains far down on the Knicks' frontcourt depth chart, the game may need to be out of hand before the big man makes an appearance.
Amundson (back) will remain out of the lineup Monday against San Antonio, Steve Popper of The Record reports.
Amundson continues to nurse a back injury, and he'll now miss a fourth straight game to open the season. The Knicks will also be without Arron Afflalo (hamstring) on Monday.
Amundson (back) is out Saturday in Washington, Al Iannazzone of News Day Sports reports.
Amundson is still looking to make his season debut. Even when he's healthy enough to play, Amundson will likely have a hard time finding minutes in the frontcourt rotation.
Amundson (back) will not play Thursday against the Hawks, Al Iannazzone of NewsDay Sports reports.
Amundson's back soreness has been nagging him for a few days now, and the veteran center will miss the Knicks' home opener against the Hawks on Thursday. Upon his return, he will likely step into a bench role, as Knicks such as Kristaps Porzingis, Robin Lopez, Kyle O'Quinn, and Derrick Williams proved they can carry the frontcourt load just fine against the Bucks on Wednesday. It remains to be seen whether Amundson will play in the Knicks' next game against the Wizards on Saturday.