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Pacers to trade Rush to Warriors for Amundson

Posted on: December 18, 2011 1:44 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The Pacers just lost Josh McRoberts in free agency to the Lakers, so they've located a value replacement. According to CSN Bay Area, the Pacers will acquire big man Lou Amundson in exchange for Brandon Rush.

The Warriors were looking for a bit more guard depth after watching Reggie Williams sign with the Bobcats, but to give up a "little things" type of player like Amundson seems a bit odd. Especially when the Warriors are pretty thin inside. Remember: They just gave Kwame Brown $7 million to be their starting center.

Rush is a nice spot-up shooter, but not necessarily anything to get excited over. He'll play behind Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis, and it's honestly a little tough to see him beating out rookie Klay Thompson for many minutes either.

Amundson though fills a pretty big need for the Pacers who need extra size inside. David West could be pushed a bit coming off his knee injury, so a little added insurance is a good thing.

Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:25 pm

Pacers to trade Rush to Warriors for Amundson

wow great input thank you! You said it perfect..Plus looks like the Warriors are always rumored to ship off one of those guards..I hate how they always talk of trading monte.

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:22 am
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Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2011 8:57 pm

Pacers to trade Rush to Warriors for Amundson

Kwame Brown got $7mil?  Good to see the owners learned their lesson from the lockout.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 7:46 pm

Pacers to trade Rush to Warriors for Amundson

It is surprising to me that Bird has not a better job with the Pacers. Reminds of Jerry West with Memphis. I'm sure Bird is a good judge oftalent. You just can't tell for sure how a player is going to do at the higher level.Sometimes it is that they  play for a good team, get used to being the best, and they cannot adjust emotionally to the NBA. So much of winning is chemistry and players interacting with each other on the court. Also of course you never know when a player is going to get hurt. Not everybody wants to win as badly as Larry Bird did.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2011 7:46 pm

Pacers to trade Rush to Warriors for Amundson

As a Pacers fan I know nothing about Amundson.  However, to the Warrior faithful I can say you are getting a quality player in Brandon Rush.  He is a potential "diamond in the rough" if he can find the minutes off the bench.  I wish him well in Oakland and I hate to see him go.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 2:17 pm

Pacers to trade Rush to Warriors for Amundson

I think both teams can like this trade. Amundson is a high-motor player who is tough and resourceful. Rush is a more laid-back type of player who is an excellent outside shooter. But there is more to the picture than at first read.

Golden State finally has a coach dedicated to playing defense. Problem is, the players are not defenders. Kwame helps in the middle. Brandon Rush is an excellent perimeter defender. Think Arron Afflalo on defense and Rush is a bit better. Rush is able to drive the ball and sees the floor well. In Indiana he was not challenged to use those skills. In Golden State he is a guard with size that can spell Curry and Ellis (both starters are undersized) as well as give some good minutes at SF. Indiana used him in both roles but primarily as a guard.

People may not have seen Amundson play because Phoenix was not often televised. Amundson is the guy you stand up and yell for from his hustle play in diving on the floor, chasing loose balls, rebounding and causing difficulty for the opponent. He is not ever going to be a star but a worthy addition for Indiana.

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