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Carl Landry, Brandon Rush Signings Imminent; Draymond Green Locked Up; Dominic McGuire Out?

The Warriors are close to signing free agent power forward Carl Landry and re-signing swingman Brandon Rush. The agent for both players, Mark Bartelstein, said the deal could go be done by the end of the day.

A source confirmed Yahoo! Sports report that Warriors and  rookie forward Draymond Green agreed to a three-year, $2.6 million deal. The Warriors were waiting to lock up Green, the No. 35 overall pick, after they signed a power forward in free agency. So the agreement with Green suggests the Landry signing is indeed imminent.

Landry would fill the Warriors’ hole behind David Lee. However, he is known more for his offense than his defense. The Warriors were looking for a defensive-minded rebounder to support Lee and center Andrew Bogut. But the Warriors have also been focused on adding talent, and Landry is arguably the best player available in free agency.

The question is how much will Landry get? Anything over $4 million in the first year would probably put the Warriors into luxury tax territory.

The Warriors don’t have to worry much about Rush’s salary, which was already reserved as a salary cap hold. Since Rush, a restricted free agent, wasn’t able to get an offer sheet from another team (forcing the Warriors to match), Golden State may get Rush at a good price. The Warriors were willing to spend up to the mid-level exception ($5 million) in the first year of a deal to keep Rush.

The signing of Rush and Landry could mean the departure of beloved reserve Dominic McGuire, a defensive specialist. Golden State not only will have little to no funds under the luxury tax, they also may not have a roster spot.

With the Green signing, and the pending signing of Landry and Rush, ¬†the Warriors would have 15 players under contract. However, two of those — second-year point guard Charles Jenkins and rookie shooting guard Kent Bazemore — are non-guaranteed contracts.

Marcus Thompson