Oct 14, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers power forward Lou Amundson (17) calls for the ball during warm ups before the game against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Lou Amundson Released, Roster to 14

Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Clippers have released journeyman forward Lou Amundson.

While some may find this as a shock since the team was at the league limit of 15 players prior to Amundson’s release, Doc Rivers foreshadowed the move in today’s pre-game conference. When asked if he saw himself opening the season with 15 players on the roster, Rivers responded with a stern “no”, noting that 14 would be their number.

This leaves the Clippers with a big man rotation of Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Byron Mullens, Antawn Jamison and Ryan Hollins. Outside of Jordan and Griffin, none of the rotation bigs are known for their defense which could be a problem in the playoffs.

In the conference, Rivers also said that the team will be playing a lot of “small ball” in the season, making Amundson expendable going forth.

If you want to brainstorm on what the Clippers will do with that extra spot whether it been now or toward the trade/buyout deadline here’s a tweet from Bill Simmons that could theorizes a future move the team can make:

UPDATE:

Here is the official press release from the club.

The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that they have waived forward Lou Amundson. The Clippers roster now stands at 14 players.

Amundson appeared in seven preseason games (one start) for the Clippers, averaging 1.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 9.9 minutes of action.

Amundson has appeared in 327 career games (seven starts) for the Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Hornets. The 6”9”, 225-pound forward finished last season with the Hornets, averaging 2.4 points and 3.2 rebounds in 18 games.

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