Speculation that began earlier this week about power forward Lou Amundson possibly signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers was confirmed late this morning with a congratulatory tweet from Amundson’s representatives at Priority Sports.
— Priority Sports (@PrioritySports) September 19, 2014
The 6-9 Amundson, an eight-year veteran in the NBA, was reported to have worked out with the Cavaliers, sparking hints that he would be added to the team’s preseason roster. His role, if he makes the final cut, would be a limited one, having averaged just two points and under three rebounds per game in 19 games last season. Still, Amundson is excited about the response he’s gotten from fans on Twitter.
Appreciate the warm welcome from all the Cavs fans on twitter, I know how passionate you all are about your team. Very excited to be here! — Louis Amundson (@LouAmundson17) September 19, 2014
The Amundson signing is clearly connected to Cavaliers’ general manager David Griffin’s previous time as an executive with the Phoenix Suns. Amundson put together the most productive seasons of his career while in the Valley of the Sun, coming off the bench in virtually every game from 2008-10.
Amundson has taken a circuitous route to Quicken Loans Arena, after having been originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Sacramento Kings in 2006. Last season was indicative of that travelogue, when he was released by the Los Angeles Clippers during training camp, then was signed by both the now-New Orleans Pelicans and Chicago Bulls in the midst of the regular season. Should he earn a spot with the Wine & Gold, it would mark the ninth different team of his career.
The Cavaliers training camp will get underway soon, with the first exhibition game set for October 5 at Quicken Loans Arena. David Blatt’s squad will face Blatt’s former Maccabai Tel Aviv unit.