Unrestricted free agent Carl Landry will meet with the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday night, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Carl Landry meets w/ Doc Rivers and Clippers tonight, sources tell Y! Free agent forward was a favorite of Chris Paul’s w/ New Orleans.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2013
Landry opted out of his $4 million player option for the 2013-14 season with the Golden State Warriors. The veteran power forward averaged 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game in 2012-13, and he’s averaged 17.2 points and 8.7 rebounds since the start of the 2011-12 campaign (per 36 minutes).
Landry’s fondness for the Warriors and the chemistry that was built this past season is well documented. But money is money. His solid season allows him to foray into a market thin on quality power forwards, which, in the end, equals more money.
The Clippers’ interest in Landry is perplexing. They wouldn’t be able to provide him with a huge minutes spike, because, well, they do have Blake Griffin. Landry would find himself in a similar position that he was in with David Lee–as a backup.
Additionally, the Clippers wouldn’t be able to offer Landry a substantial contract. They would have to use their mid-level exception or work out a sign-and-trade with the Warriors to obtain Landry (per Hoops Rumors)–the Warriors wouldn’t be forced to agree, especially since they’re division rivals.
The Clippers don’t seem like a feasible destination for Landry, who’s looking for an opportunity bigger than what he had in Golden State.