By Marcus Thompson
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at 12:01 pm in Uncategorized.
Warriors forward Carl Landry has opted out of his contract and is an unrestricted free agent, his agent Mark Bartelstein confirmed
Landry had one year remaining on his contract with Golden State, set to pay him $4 million. But after a productive season off the Warriors bench, Landry decided to try to parlay that into a long-term deal on the free agent market.
He previously said it was a tough decision because he really wants to stay with Golden State, which is why he waited until the last possible day to decide. His contract stipulated he exercise his opt out by today, the day before the NBA draft.
Landry, 29, averaged 10.8 points on 54 percent shooting – with a career-high 6.0 rebounds – in 23.2 minutes off the bench. Signed by the Warriors last offseason, he gave Golden State a much-needed low-post presence and injected some toughness into the frontcourt.
Landry’s free agent status does not rule out a return to Golden State, his agent said. But the Warriors, over the cap and headed toward luxury tax status, may not have the money to keep Landry – especially if he gets a lucrative offer somewhere else. Golden State does not hold Landry’s Bird rights, which means it can’t match any offer he may receive.