Warriors’ Carl Landry opts out of final year of deal
The 6-foot-9 Landry was a key reserve during Golden State's playoff push, appearing in 12 playoffs contests. Landry started 81 regular season games for the Warriors while averaging 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 23.2 minutes off the bench last season.
Landry’s agent Mark Bartelstein said that after a big season with the Warriors, his client was looking to test the open the market in hopes of acquiring a multi-year contract. He added Landry could still re-sign with the Warriors, but seems that may cost the team more.
The Warriors were expecting Landry to make such a decision. Golden State general manager Bob Myers said last week that terms in Landry’s contract dictated he had to inform them of his decision to remain with the team or opt out of the final year of his contract before Thursday, when the NBA draft will take place.
Landry said he had some serious soul searching to do in order to come to a decision over the two difficult choices ahead, especially when his heart wanted him to stay in Golden State while his brain opened his eyes to the business side of the whole affair.
"Best season I've probably ever experienced," Landry said of last season with the Warriors, who made the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and reached the Western Conference semifinals,” said Landry. "I don't think I can describe it in a word. Amazing is probably the closest I can describe it. It was almost like a dream. You could write a book about this season."
In the end, Landry decided to take up the advice of his family as well as agent, and take on some risk to land a long-term deal elsewhere.
"It was the best thing for me," Landry said. "The market is pretty good right now. ...”
"In the end, myself and my family thought this was the right thing to do."