Sam Amick
Sunday December 18th, 2011

The Indiana Pacers have agreed to send shooting guard Brandon Rush to Golden State in exchange for forward Lou Amundson, sources confirmed to SI.com.

The trade, which is expected to be finalized on Monday and was first reported by the Bay Area News Group, would give the Warriors some badly needed veteran depth behind guards Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry, while giving the Pacers the kind of hard-working forward they were looking for. The Pacers recently signed two-time All-Star David West as well as second-year bruiser Jeff Pendergraph to play with incumbent forward Tyler Hansbrough. But Pendergraph -- who was drafted 31st overall by Sacramento in 2009 but missed all of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee -- recently sprained the same knee and is still on the mend.

Amundson -- who will be playing for his sixth team in six seasons -- played just 46 games last season due to injury, averaging 4.4 points and four rebounds in 15 minutes. He was expected to play a significant role in the rotation of first-year Warriors coach Mark Jackson, but will now use his defensive-minded ways for second-year Pacers coach Frank Vogel. Rush is a capable defender who should be able to add some offense for the Warriors as well, as the fourth-year player who was taken 13th overall by Portland in 2008 out of Kansas averaged 9.1 points and 26.1 minutes in 67 games last season while shooting just 42.1 percent.

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