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Former Monarch standout Louis Amundson was part of a six-player NBA deal on Monday that moved him from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the New York Knicks. The big man went from a title contender featuring LeBron James to a disappointing 5-32 Knicks squad.

As part of the three-team deal, former Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith and Knicks teammate Iman Shumpert went to Cleveland while the Cavs’ Dion Waiters went to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Meanwhile, Amundson and Cavaliers teammate Alex Kirk were jettisoned to the Knicks, along with Thunder reserve Lance Thomas. For Amundson, who played at UNLV after Monarch, New York will mark his 10th NBA team since breaking into the league in 2006.

Amundson periodically returns to the area and hosts summer camps for youth players.

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