Golden State, still on the market for a power forward, are looking to put a cherry on top of a nice offseason by signing free agent Carl Landry.
According to league sources, the Warriors’ talks with Landry are progressing. But the Warriors have limited funds to offer, so signing Landry is going to take a rabbit-out-of-a-hat move by Warriors general manager Bob Myers.
The Warriors have liked Landry for a while now. Myers, it seems, is also a fan. The Warriors need to someone to play behind David Lee next season and Landry would seem to be the perfect fit. A reputed hustle guy who plays defense and rebounds, Landry would bring an element the Warriors desperately need.
But Golden State, after acquiring PG Jarrett Jack from New Orleans, don’t have much money to spend. If they renounced their rights to guard Nate Robinson and forward Dominic McGuire, the Warriors could offer somewhere around $3.5 million in the first year of a deal. That would be on the low end of what you’d expect for Landry, who made $8.5 million last season.
The Warriors have a few options for getting Landry. They could sign him to the mid-level and go over the tax threshhold, and work like crazy to dump salary by season’s end or eat the penalty. They could try for another sign-and-trade with New Orleans, which would likely require sending Jeremy Tyler to offset some of the Landry’s salary. They could convince Brandon Rush to take a small raise next season, signing him for $4 million in the first year (which is still a raise), which would free up a little bit extra for Landry.
Getting Landry would definitely take some creativity from Myers. But if he pulls it off, that’d be something.