Carl Landry: 4 Teams That Will Pursue Him If He Opts Out

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Toronto Raptors

Apr 17, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors power forward Amir Johnson (15) during the game against the Boston Celtics at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Celtics 114-90. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

In Marc Spears’ latest NBA Power Rankings, he mentioned that an anonymous source told Yahoo! Sports that Toronto was interested in pursuing Landry if he becomes a free agent. Landry would be in an important role, starring opposite Amir Johnson and playing with rookie Jonas Valanciunas.

Apart from being the only team on this list that has shown any documented interest in the 29-year-old, the decision to pursue Landry makes sense for several reasons. Firstly, Landry would out-produce Johnson in every way if given the same amount of minutes. While Johnson has a defensive edge on Landry (1.7 blocks over 0.6 and 1.3 steals over 0.7), the veteran forward dominates Johnson offensively, thus providing Toronto with the opportunity to use each of them differently.

Secondly, Landry provides an excellent solution to the Andrea Bargnani situation, because he would provide a cheaper alternative. If they wanted to replace Bargnani, they probably could only aim low in terms of expensive players because of their cap issues. Landry outplays Bargnani in aspect with less minutes and less dollars. If the Raptors want to become a serious playoff threat in the future, adding a veteran player with playoff experience, especially one coming off such a successful season, would be a smart idea.

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