Amundson aware that trade could be in cards

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 4, 2013 - 11:58 PM

Seven-year veteran Lou Amundson has been around long enough to know how the NBA works, to know that by Friday he could be traded or waived so the Timberwolves can resign Mickael Gelabale and Chris Johnson for the rest of the season.

Timberwolves forward Lou Amundson, left.

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Seven-year veteran Lou Amundson has been around long enough to know how the NBA works, to know that by Friday he could be traded or waived so the Timberwolves can resign Mickael Gelabale and Chris Johnson for the rest of the season.

His agent has been talking to other teams about a possible trade, and Amundson in turn has been talking to his agent about whether the Wolves can deal him to a playoff contender for a protected second-round pick or if they'll waive him to clear a roster spot the Wolves will need if they intend to keep both players.

"It's a business, so you have to think ahead with that stuff," Amundson said. "Everything's on the table right now. You never like to get traded, but sometimes the situation isn't what you hope it to be, and so it can work out for the best sometimes."

Amundson, 30, was signed just before training camp to a one-year veteran's minimum contract. He has sat out 17 of the past 27 games before Monday's game against Portland.

"Obviously, it has been a disappointing season for me so far," Amundson said. "I haven't played as much as I would have liked. This possibility has been on my mind for a while now. I just try not to think about it too much. But at the same time, I'm a basketball player. I want to play. I work hard at it. I want to do what I love."

Just perfect

Wolves forward Dante Cunningham had something of a perfect weekend: First he went 9-for-9 from the field in Saturday's blowout of New Orleans, a franchise single-game record for accuracy. Then Baltimore won the Super Bowl. Cunningham grew up in Maryland outside Washington, D.C.

"It definitely was a good feeling," he said.

Asked if he had ever had a game like that, Cunningham said, "Yeah, in practice. It happens all the time in practice. It's a totally different beast in a game."

Cunningham missed his second shot Monday, ending at 10 his streak of shots made. He went 9-for-9 Saturday and ended up three shy of tying the club record held by Kevin Garnett and Felton Spencer.

Where's the gratitude?

Blazers forward Nicolas Batum made his second and final visit this season to the arena he would have called home had Portland not matched the $46 million-plus offer sheet the Wolves made him last summer.

Asked if he at least sent Kahn a nice fruit basket or sincere thank-you note for getting him all that money, Batum said, "No, no, but I should, I think."

He said it

Batum on watching former teammate and beloved Blazers star Brandon Roy likely ending his career with the Wolves: "I'm really sad for him. I know. He wants to be on the court, but he's a smart guy. He knows what he has to do with his body. I just wish him all the best in his life. I want him to be happy. That's it."

Etc.

• NBA Commissioner David Stern will be in town Wednesday to attend the Wolves-Spurs game. He also will hold a news conference before the game, which is an unusual 8 p.m. start time for an ESPN broadcast. He'll be here to talk to Wolves' corporate partners in what very well could be his last official visit before he retires next February.

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