07-27-2010, 08:19 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
Looooooooou is likely gone and Lopez is healthy
Amar'e Stoudemire and Channing Frye were the Suns' big men who made a lot of shots and a lot of money with their play.
Louis Amundson made a lot of friends. His popularity in Phoenix over the past two seasons prompted nearly as much local interest in his free-agency future but he said it still appears that won't keep him in Phoenix.
"It's too bad Phoenix didn't value me enough to keep me around," Amundson said. "I felt like it was a great situation and I gave everything I have. It's a business and I'm trying to have a thick skin.
"I was always concerned (about the chances). Knowing they signed Hakim Warrick and Channing for that much money ($30 million over five years), that was not a good sign."
Amundson said Charlotte, Golden State and Toronto have shown interest in signing him. His hopes of landing in Denver, near his Boulder, Colo., roots, fizzled once the Nuggets signed Al Harrington.
"We're talking pretty seriously with a lot of teams," said Amundson's agent, Mark Bartelstein, who represents another free-agent big man (Mark Blount) that has the Suns' interest. "He's the best big on the market."
Amundson, 27, averaged 4.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 14.8 minutes per game for the Suns last season.
"I really liked it there," Amundson said. "I don't like leaving."
Cautious with Lopez
Suns center Robin Lopez's withdrawal from USA Basketball training camp last week, a week after his addition, was a precautionary move related to international play insurance and his previously injured back but Lopez has been healthy.
Lopez was cleared to perform by Suns doctors and a back specialist. He has not had any more back pain or leg strength issues.
He missed seven weeks toward the end of last season after being diagnosed with a bulging disk. The 22-year-old also underwent surgery on a foot fracture during training camp in October.
Lopez was not a favorite to make Team USA's World Championship roster, which includes his twin brother, Brook.