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Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 at 11:30 am  |  31 responses

Louis Amundson Says Goodbye to Phoenix

The writing is on the wall for Lou and the Suns, as he searches for a new home. From the AZ Republic: “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.’”

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  • Nick

    first!

  • http://dsklf.com Jukai

    This really upsets me. Louis Amundson was one of those pure character guys, a guy who really worked his way up the ladder. There is no way you didn’t love this guy if you loved Phoenix basketball.
    I hope he gets his money and does great wherever he goes.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Please say Raps. And what happened to Mark Blount? Haven’t heard his name in a bit.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    OMG. I meant to say PLEASE SO NO, RAPS. fml.

  • Nick Thomas

    first

  • http://Yahoo Shanoooooo

    The suns should have kept this guy for cheaper than they signed Hakim Warrick. They over paid for Warrick. Could have signed Ashton Kutcher at a discount.

  • Migs

    I guess you can’t have enough Power Forwards or ex-Suns in your collection, eh Colangelo?

  • riggs

    wow how stupid is phoenix management?

  • http://williegalang.com/ Willie

    Maybe the Jazz can bring him back.

  • Druelz

    Amundson actually would’ve been a pretty good look for Denver.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    OKC?

  • Conduit

    dude is a great player and pickup

  • http://twitter.com/darrellma dma

    whoever gets him will be happy. dude plays his heart out. i swear if he goes to miami…

  • Severus

    Not LOU!

  • http://www.slamonline.com JL

    he’s a great bench player. plays hard and clean. warrick could be good for the suns tho. he just seems so similar to amare.

  • larrylegend

    and we all thought, stevie kerr was such a bad gm…

  • Robb

    what dma said

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    lots of loyalty here.

  • http://dsklf.com Jukai

    Allenp: Damn, Sarver is the poster boy of an unloyal GM.

  • MikeC.

    Knicks need a backup big that hustles. Go get him Donnie.

  • total scrotal implosion

    Pacers have a roster spot open, and in accordance with their affirmative action inittiative, it should be filled by a cracker

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    @Allenp, I wonder where the “be loyal to your team” types are in this thread?
    I hope we get him down in GState along with Lee and Biedris. That’ll get our opponents PPG average down from 150 to 145 this season.

  • T-Money

    allenp, you already know. when it comes to free agency, players have to stay loyal if their teams want to keep them but teams don’t necessarily have to re-up players that want to stay.

  • Ken

    Noooo!!! As a Suns fan, I feel this was a huge mistake. Lou knew his role, was good at it, and was a good character guy. While I wish him the best of luck wherever he ends up, I’m sad Phx is letting him go. I think we overpaid for Frye and Warrick, and will regret this.

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    yea huey, i wouldnt mind lou in gstate either, especially considering udoh is out

  • http://www.euroleagueadventures.com Nick Gibson

    Hawks. Please?

  • jose

    Go to G-state Lou. That Way you’ll see your PHX fans four times a year…G-state actually looks like it can make a playoff push w/ wat they have new and healthy.and it aint like he’ll have to learn a new system per say over there

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I like OKC, they need another defensive minded big at the 4 because Green struggles to defend the 4 position at the moment.

  • black pinoy

    alot of team needs a high energy guy like lou!!! go join the lakers.

  • NBA kid

    does okc still have their mle left? if so, lou would be a great backup to jeff green and a huge upgrade over the rest of their bigs (except ibaka and aldrich)

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Ah Lou. We’ll miss you dude with your neat flushes and timely shot blocking. And the way you got Shaq back by filling his SUV with foam balls that time…. priceless. All the best young fella.

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