ESPN 1500’s Darren Wolfson reported on Feb. 1 that both the Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers were interested in bringing in Amundson, who is likely on his way out of Minnesota in the not-so-distant future.
Amundson, 30, had playoff experience with the Indiana Pacers last season. He won’t come in and immediately challenge any of the main rotational Knicks players but would definitely be a strong asset for the team moving forward.
Finding the court this season has been rare for the 6’9” power forward. He’s averaging just 8.1 minutes per game and often doesn’t see the floor for games at a time.
For the Pacers in 2011-12, though, Amundson saw the court much more, playing in all 60 of the team’s games and averaging 12.6 minutes per contest.
Still, the possibility of adding a big man like Amundson, who will have a relatively cheap buying price, to the fold has to interest the team as it prepares to make a deep playoff run this spring.
Wolfson projects the Wolves would only be able to garner a protected second-round pick if they do in fact deal him before the deadline.
A second-round pick, especially at the end of the round where New York will be picking, has little value other than for acquiring assets in trades. Adding depth in the team’s frontcourt is a priority since it is full of veterans who are injury prone.
After all, last season Amar’e Stoudemire’s punching incident left his hand cut up and himself on the bench. When he did wind up getting back on the court, he was clearly at less than 100 percent. While that was a freak accident, injuries do and will happen in the course of a season, and the Knicks are not in good shape if any of their veteran big men end up going down.
While picking up Amundson isn’t a sexy move, it’s the type of trade that helps a team cement itself as a contender.
He isn’t going to come in and start stealing minutes from Stoudemire, but he could provide a boost on the glass when the team is being bullied inside. At worst, he will be an injury insurance policy.
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