Reserve power forward Lou Amundson was released by the New Orleans Pelicans, he said Tuesday on his Twitter account.
“Greg (Stiemsma) is healthy and we signed (Alexis) Ajinca plus (Pelicans have rookie Jeff) Withey,” an NBA source with knowledge of the move said Tuesday.
Stiemsma return Monday from a sprained knee, and Ajinca was signed on Dec. 20. Including Withey, the three are centers. Though a power forward, Amundson is strictly a low-post player known for his toughness, energy and hustle.
The move put the Pelicans’ roster at 14, meaning they can add a player to replace Amundson. However, the source said the Pelicans “are good for now.”
The move comes with starting center Jason Smith out with a left shoulder injury. Coach Monty Williams said Tuesday he didn’t “expect him back anytime soon.”
Amundson, 6-foot-9, was signed along with small forward Josh Childress on Nov. 11 as the team released power forward Anuka Onuaku and forward Lance Thomas.
Amundson, 31, played in 18 games with the Pelicans this season, averaging 1.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 10 minutes, 12 seconds per game. He did not play in four of the past six games, and in the two he did — against Sacramento and Denver — he played 4 minutes and 57 seconds and 4:52.
He played in the final 16 games last season with New Orleans after being signed.