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Brandon Rush traded to Golden State for Lou Amundson
I don't think Amundson can play much center. Still not a bad swap. I believe Bird tried to sign him when he was a free agent last. He fits right in with the other big men on this team. He is a hustle player. I love that. You can't have too many guys like that on your team IMO.
Wish Brandon well but glad the Pacers are moving on.
for those who dont know much about amundson, dont expect anything. hell hustle the entire time on the court, plays average post d and will grab a few boards. he does have a nonstop motor, but leads to no production. at the very best, he will be a body on the end of the bench, which is what we needed. sorry to see rush go though.
According to 82games.com, he spent about 25% of his playing time last season at center. I haven't watched him play much (who has?) but he looks like a good shot blocker and a near elite offensive rebounder. I'll take it.
What back up center could the Pacers have traded Rush for?
I have no idea, but that wasn't my point.
My point is we traded for a 29 year old 6'9 PF, who will most likely play less than he has in the past (less than 15mpg). It would have been better to keep Rush than trade him for this type of player. if we were going to trade Rush trade him for a young player who might still turn into a decent player, or a player that brings something to this team that is needed. If that is not possible I would rather keep him on this team, and keep Jones on the bench.