The Los Angeles Clippers are in serious talks with free-agent forward Carl Landry, according Marc Stein of ESPN.com.
Clippers & Carl Landry, I’m told, in serious contract talks. Hearing Clips optimistic, but question is: Will it cost ‘em whole mid-level?’
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2013
Tuesday, the Clippers had reported interested in Landry and were slated to meet with him on Tuesday night.
Landry opted out of his $4 million player option with the Golden State Warriors for the 2013-14 season. He had a solid season, and the window is wide open for him to sign a lucrative contract. The Clippers might not be the fit if Landry’s looking for a significant raise, however.
Los Angeles can use the full non-taxpayer mid-level exception, which starts at $5.15 million. That’s not a substantial raise over the $4 million he would’ve collected had he opted in of his contract with the Warriors. Given his genuine fondness for the Warriors, which has been cited on numerous occasions, one would think that he’d set his sights higher.
There’s always the possibility that Landry sees more potential in the Clippers than he does in the Warriors, or in any of his other suitors, for that matter. Los Angeles swung a deal for J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley on Tuesday, immediately bolstering their chances at winning the Western Conference in 2013-14. They retained Chris Paul too. Don’t forget about that Blake Griffin guy either.
The Clippers offer Landry the winning component, but the money and bigger role components wouldn’t see much of a spike.