Free-agent forward Carl Landry is staying in California. David Aldridge reports that the veteran forward will be taking his talents back to the Sacramento Kings.
Agent Mark Bartlestein says that free agent forward Carl Landry will sign with the Sacramento Kings.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 6, 2013
Shams Charania of RealGM adds that the deal will be worth$26-27 million over four years. So, approximately $6.5 million per year. That’s a good hunk of change.
Landry opted out of his $4 million player option for the 2013-14 with the Golden State Warriors. Compared to the deal he netted with Sacramento on Saturday, the $4 million would’ve been short-changing him.
Sacramento isn’t an entirely new place to Landry. He played a total of 81 games with the Kings over two seasons (2009-2011), and his 2009-10 campigan, where he averaged 18 points and 6.5 rebounds in 36.5 minutes per game, still stands as his best season yet.
Although, Landry was a key cog off the bench for the Golden State Warriors in 2012-13, averaging 10.0 points and 6.8 rebounds. This stellar season had him ticketed for a big payday, and that’s indeed what he landed with the hapless Kings, who didn’t match the New Orleans Pelicans’ offer sheet to Tyreke Evans, and didn’t have the patience to wait for Andre Iguodala to make his decision.
Iguodala, perhaps coincidentally, landed with a division foe in the Warriors. Following Golden State’s signing of Iguodala, they had to renounce their rights to Landry (and Jarrett Jack) to finalize the signing.
Landry landed the lucrative deal that he craved, but wins might be hard to come by with a Kings team that’s in the early stages of the rebuilding process.