Golden State Warriors sign Louis Amundson

The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent forward Louis Amundson to a contract, the team announced today.  Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.

Amundson, 27, appeared in 79 regular-season games last season for the Phoenix Suns, averaging 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per contest – all of which were career bests.  A key member of the Suns rotation who came off the bench in all 79 games, Amundson played 20-or-more minutes in 14 regular-season games last year, averaging 9.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.14 blocks and 22.1 minutes in those contests.   The 6’9’’ forward also appeared in all 16 of Phoenix’s postseason games, averaging 2.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per game as the Suns advanced to the Western Conference Finals.

“We feel very fortunate to add a player like Lou to our roster as we approach the beginning of training camp,” said General Manager Larry Riley.  “We’ve had our eyes on him for several weeks now and are confident that his presence will add depth to our front line.  Lou is a player who will provide us with many of the intangibles that help teams win basketball games.  He’s a high-energy guy who can rebound, run the floor, defend and get to the all-important loose balls.  He played a big role for the Suns last season in their run to the Western Conference Finals and that success can only benefit him and his new teammates as we move forward.”

Overall, Amundson has appeared in 182 regular-season games over four seasons with Philadelphia, Utah and Phoenix, posting career averages of 4.0 points, 3.6 rebounds in 13.0 minutes per contest.  After going undrafted in the 2006 NBA Draft out of UNLV, Amundson began his professional career with the Colorado 14ers of the NBA Development League, where he was named D-League Rookie of the Year despite being called up to the NBA in February and splitting the remainder of the 2006-07 season between the Utah Jazz (one game) and Philadelphia 76ers (10 games).  After spending the 2007-08 season with the 76ers, the Ventura, CA, native played for the Warriors entry in the 2008 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and has played the last two NBA seasons with the Suns.

Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum is blocked by Phoenix Suns center Louis Amundson (R) in the first half during Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference finals in Phoenix, Arizona May 29, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY)