Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Clippers have released journeyman forward Lou Amundson.
The Clippers waived forward Lou Amundson after the game. Clippers roster now at 14 players.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) October 26, 2013
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:
Last note: Okafor now becomes a super-intriguing February buyout guy if healthy. Exactly the kind of vet big man the Clips are praying for.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) October 25, 2013
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.