The Bulls signed veteran forward Lou Amundson to a 10-day contract and he is expected to fill the void left by Taj Gibson being out with a sprained MCL in his left knee.
The signing of Amundson, 30, brings the roster to the maximum allowed of 15/
Whether or not he is signed for the rest of the season, he feels his style of play fits in with the gritty nature of the Bulls and is looking forward to the chance to contribute.
“I think just come in and bring a lot of energy,” Amundson. “I think defensively, I can be a versatile defender… try to use my athleticism that way. Try to play hard every position and try to make my presence felt defensively.”
Coach Tom Thibodeau also pointed to his energy and feels that he’ll bring an element of toughness.
Amundson was waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 8 and was rumored to being pursued by several teams including the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. He ultimately decided on Chicago because of the characteristics and makeup of the roster.
“I think just the style of play, a defensive-minded coach,” Amundson said. “They’re obviously a good team, so that was important.”
He got his first taste of a Thibodeau practice this morning during the team’s shootaround.
“It’s unlike anything I’ve seen,” he said. “I’ve been on a lot of teams and never been through a walkthrough that detailed and thorough. It was interesting to see.”
Thibodeau said that Amundson could see minutes in tonight's game against the Nets, but that would depend on circumstance.
Amundson took over the locker next to Nate Robinson, forcing Robinson’s collection of Jordan’s and Nike’s against the wall next to the locker.
HAMILTON OUT, UNLIKELY TO TRAVEL
Richard Hamilton will miss his second straight game with back spasms when the Bulls take on the Brooklyn Nets.
The veteran guard is receiving treatment, but Thibodeau said he’s unlikely to join the team during a two-game road trip with stops in Indiana and San Antonio.