Golden State Warriors forward Carl Landry signed a two-year, $8 million deal last offseason with the Warriors, with the second year being a player option worth $4 million player option. Landry has until June 26 to pick up or deny his player option.
With the deadline looming, it looks like he will go with the latter, according to Kyle Bonagura od CSN Bay Area.
Bonagura spoke to Landry’s agent on Wednesday:
He’s worth a lot more than the contract he has and the direction (we’re moving) toward is him opting out,” said his agent, Mark Bartelstein. “Things can change, but that’s where it’s leaning.
Landry’s agent is correct. His client served as one of the Warriors’ main weapons, averaging 10.8 points and six rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game.
Given more minutes and more money, Landry’s numbers would likely see a spike. The power forward’s per 36-minute stat line in 2012-13 was 16.8 points and 9.3 rebounds. That is a taste of what he could do as a starter and something several teams would pay big money for.
Should Landry choose to opt out, the Warriors could try to sign him as a free agent. However, Golden State doesn’t have much to offer, at least in terms of financial perks.
Common sense says that if Landry opts out, his tenure with the Warriors is all but over.