Brandon Rush

The Golden State Warriors have acquired guard Brandon Rush from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for forward Lou Amundson, the team announced today.

“We’re very happy to get Lou,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “He gives us another big guy who rebounds and plays extremely hard. He gives us more depth up front and will be a player who gives us energy off the bench.”

“I want to thank Brandon for his three seasons with us,” said Bird. “Anytime you make a trade, especially when it’s a guy such as Brandon who you’ve come to know and like, it’s tough, but he’ll get a good opportunity and a fresh start with Golden State.”

Rush, 26, appeared in 67 games (21 starts) for the Pacers last season, averaging 9.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 26.2 minutes per contest.  In 21 starting assignments, the 6’6” guard averaged 11.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 31.1 minutes per contest.  For the season, he shot a career-best 41.7% (93-223 3FG) from three-point range.

Originally selected by Portland in the first round (#13) of the 2008 NBA Draft, Rush was acquired by Indiana via trade on July 9, 2008.  He has appeared in 224 regular-season games during his three-year career, averaging 8.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest.  In 2009-10, he appeared in all 82 games (64 starts) for Indiana and averaged career highs in points (9.4), rebounds (4.2), assists (1.4) and minutes (30.4).

Amundson, 29, appeared in 46 games (seven starts) for the Warriors last season, averaging 4.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in a career-high 15.0 minutes per contest.  A five-year NBA veteran, he was originally signed by the Warriors as a free agent on September 13, 2010.