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Lou Amundson, Knicks agree to new deal

Lou Amundson #21 of the New York Knicks

Lou Amundson #21 of the New York Knicks looks on against the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden on April 15, 2015 in New York City. Credit: Mike Stobe

LAS VEGAS -- The Knicks are bringing back another player from last year's team.

They agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.65 million contract with veteran big man Lou Amundson, his agent Mark Bartelstein said.

The 6-foot-9 Amundson averaged 6.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in 41 games for the Knicks last season.

The last two players the Knicks have locked up in free agency have been from last season's 17-win team: Lance Thomas and now Amundson. The Knicks like their professionalism and work ethic.

The Knicks now have 11 players with guaranteed contracts for next season. Langston Galloway has a partial guarantee, but he's expected to be on the 15-man roster in the fall.

One more player from last year's team remains on the Knicks' radar: guard Alexey Shved. He's also receiving interest from teams overseas. The Knicks have the $2.8 million room exception and minimum salaries to offer free agents.

Amundson has played for 10 teams in his nine-year career. He gives the Knicks depth at power forward and center -- two positions the Knicks have addressed this offseason. They signed center Robin Lopez, 6-10 forward/center Kyle O'Quinn and combo forward Derrick Williams.

The Knicks still need to add some shooting and depth in the backcourt.

NOTES: First-round picks Kristaps Porzingis and Jerian Grant will make their summer league debuts today when the Knicks play the Spurs at 4:30. The game will air live on MSG.

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