New Orleans Pelicans Sign Amundson And Childress, Waive Thomas And Onuaku

Nov 12, 2013

The New Orleans Pelicans have released two players and signed two others, the team announced today.

Forward Lou Amundson, who played 18 games with the Hornets last season before moving on to Chicago and Minnesota, returned to New Orleans today. The seven-year vet holds per-game career averages of 3.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 12.9 minutes in 327 regular season games. He's also appeared in 29 playoff games with Philadelphia, Phoenix and Indiana.

Josh Childress was signed as well, the team announced. Childress has appeared in 387 games over the course of his career, including 70 starts, and has notched an average of 9.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 26.9 minutes per game over that time. Childress last played in the NBA in the 2012-13 season for the Brooklyn Nets.

Forwards Lance Thomas and Arinze Onuaku have been waived by the club to make room for Amundson and Childress. Thomas, who appeared in 109 games with New Orleans, tweeted about his release:

Thomas also tweeted that he'll continue to be supportive of the city, and added in a humorous reminder that he purchased McDonald's French fries for fans last year, after the team disappointed the Arena crowd by failing to make 100 points in a game. 

Per Pelicans club policy, terms of the contracts and waivers were not released.