The already shallow depth for the Los Angeles Clippers took another hit on Saturday, and this time, it was self-inflicted.
Clippers waived forward Lou Amundson.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) October 26, 2013
Amundson was regarded by some (including myself) as one of the better frontcourt options in Los Angeles, but this move isn’t exactly a shock. He was operating on a non-guaranteed training camp invitee contract, and that always brings about the possibility and/or likelihood of a short stay with the team.
However, it’s a bit surprising to see LA cut ties with the big man since the Clippers didn’t “need” to make move after already getting in line with the league maximum of 15 players. There were some salary cap and luxury tax ramifications (the Clippers are over the tax and would have been paying virtually double on his league-minimum salary), but the impact of Amundson in terms of defense and rebounding may have been worth it.
Now, the Clippers break camp with DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin, Byron Mullens, Ryan Hollins, and Antawn Jamison as their five-some of big men, and frankly, that’s a bit short for a team with championship aspirations. It’s time for Clippers fans to start praying for this year’s veteran buyout candidate.