Carl Landry says he’s on the radar of six teams
Last week, Landry opted out of the final year of his two-year, $8 million contract with the Golden State Warriors to test the free agency waters. Carl Landry did so knowing that he was underpaid and the Warriors were likely not in a position to afford his asking price. But Landry didn’t completely close the door on a return to the Bay Area, recalling that have never played on a team as with such strong chemistry as the Warriors.
However, never invested too much in that dream, keeping a realistic approach with Warriors having several players on the books for guaranteed contracts and hoping to a become a front runner in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes.
Landry still believes there are five other teams will be pursuing his services with the start of the free agency period on Sunday, including the Portland Trail Blazers.
“Portland is a team that has been interested for a while and the feeling is mutual,” said Landry. “Their fans are unbelievable, like the Warrior fans. They sell out every game.”
They have a good franchise player in L.A. (LaMarcus Aldridge), Damian (Lillard), Wes (Matthews), Nic (Batum) and Meyers Leonard is a good player,” added Landry. “Their GM, Neil Olshey, is making all the right moves. They are headed in the right direction.”
Both sides have flirted with one another on one previous occasion – during the 2011 offseason. Landry publically expressed his interest in playing for the Blazers that following season, and the team eventually offered him a full mid-level exception. However, Landry found it in his better interest to sign to a one-year $9 million deal with the then New Orleans Hornets.
Last season, Landry appeared in 81 games for the Warriors, averaging 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per contest. Landry also shot 24 percent from the field and 81 percent from the free throw line.
With the Trail Blazers having only one true power forward in LaMarcus Aldridge, they could use another player at the position to back up Aldridge as well as take some load off him, and Landry seems to be happy to fill a hole on the bench.
“I'm a player. It doesn't matter where I play or when I play,” he said. “I'm a player that can help a team win games. When L.A. needs a sub, I got him. I'm just grateful for opportunity to play basketball. As long as I'm being productive, that's all that matters to me.”
But the Trail Blazers are expected to have anywhere from $11.6 - $12 million in cap space available to spend in free agency. If the 29-year-old is asking more than the $4 million he was due to earn on his previous contract with the Warriors for the 2013-2014 season, Landry will become an unfeasible option for the Trail Blazers.
“At this stage in my career, I'm just looking for security. I think I've outplayed my previous contract and now I'm just looking for fair market value, said Landry. “I want a deal that's going to have me with a team for a while. Something over two to three years. If it's in Portland, that would be great.”