Pelicans add Lou Amundson, Josh Childress
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Seeking to add to their frontcourt depth, the New Orleans Pelicans are bringing back a familiar face, as well as a brand-new one. On Tuesday, hours before the Pelicans’ road game at the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced that it is signing power forward/center Lou Amundson and small forward Josh Childress.
Amundson returns to the club after playing for the then-Hornets last season, averaging 2.4 points and 3.2 rebounds in his 18 appearances, while logging 11.6 minutes per outing. The blue-collar worker in the paint is also an above-average dunker and leaper for someone of his sturdy 6-foot-9, 225-pound frame. The 30-year-old is now in his eighth NBA season, having played for eight different teams. Along with New Orleans, Amundson also played for Minnesota and Chicago in 2012-13.
Childress is also 30 and in his eighth NBA season, playing most recently last season for Brooklyn. Childress was used sparingly by the Nets, averaging just 7.1 minutes in 14 games. The 6-foot-8, 210-pounder has most frequently been a small forward as a pro, but also has spent some time at shooting guard. He filled a big role for the Atlanta Hawks during the first four seasons of his NBA career, culminating the Hawks’ run to the 2008 playoffs. Childress played 2,000-plus minutes in each of his Hawks seasons, prior to spending two years playing in Greece. He spent the 2010-11 and 2011-12 NBA campaigns with Phoenix.
In concurrent moves, New Orleans waived frontcourt reserves Lance Thomas and Arinze Onuaku. On Tuesday morning, Thomas tweeted his appreciation for his two-plus seasons with New Orleans, writing “Thank you New Orleans and Pelicans organization for everything. My time in New Orleans has been beyond great, and I’m going to miss it!” In a later tweet, Thomas referenced his February 2013 gesture in which he purchased McDonald’s French fries for New Orleans ticket-holders by noting “I will continue to be supportive of the city! Love you guys! #FryGuy.”
“I know that we can play with that kind of energy,” Monty Williams said. “We have raised the bar in practice and need to keep working because we’re not good enough to just walk out there and think we’re going to win games.”