Apr 18, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; New Orleans Hornets power forward Carl Landry (24) shoots the ball over Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph (50) during the first half at the FedEx Forum. Photo by Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE.
As reported last night by Marcus Thompson II of the Bay Area News Group, talks between unrestricted free agent forward Carl Landry and the Golden State Warriors are still progressing after the two sides met on Friday.
Thompson notes that the Warriors might be able to sign Landry despite their limited cap room. But Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld suggested in a later report that the length of the contract might also be a factor in Landry's final decision.
The 28-year-old, who has played for the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Hornets, wants to join a playoff team...Landry stressed that “stability” is also an important factor as he weighs his options. After signing a one-year deal last summer, Landry is looking for a multi-year deal. Other things he’s looking for in his next team include “good teammates, a good coach and a good system.”
Thompson wrote on Thursday that signing Landry "would definitely take some creativity from Myers", but the question now is how willing the Warriors are to offer more than a one-year contract and, perhaps more significantly, whether those terms would be better than what they could offer another free agent power forward.
Reports have also connected the Warriors to Antawn Jamison, Kenyon Martin, and Shelden Williams and it's reasonable to wonder whether Landry is worth a multi-year contract if the Warriors could sign one of those other guys to a one-year contract.
GSoM reader Missing Barry has previously pointed out that Landry wouldn't help the team as much as someone who could play power forward or center (e.g. Kenyon Martin) - with so much uncertainty about the players currently backing up Andrew Bogut and David Lee, it could be more valuable to the team to sign a player who can play next to either to give the coaching staff a bit more match up flexibility. Regardless of whether rookie forward Draymond Green pans out in real games, neither he nor Landry would be a very good combination with Lee.
Nevertheless, Landry is still a capable post scorer, which is something the Warriors don't otherwise have on the bench (even if Green pans out) and would give the roster at least one back up post that they could count on for production, even if it's not necessarily the coveted rebounding presence the team might still need.
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