Two of the Golden State Warriors’ crucial bench pieces, Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack, have departed via free agency. Landry went to the Sacramento Kings, and Jack went to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Both moves hurt the Warriors as a team, but personally for Landry and Jack, moving on to other teams were smart moves.
Landry is a tremendous locker room presence. He is a high character player and leader both on an off the floor. Landry joins a Kings roster in need of a locker room leader. DeMarcus Cousins has always struggled with his on court behavior, and the arrival of Landry should help to shape and mold Cousins in a more positive direction.
Landry joins a loaded frontcourt with Cousins, Chuck Hayes, Patrick Patterson and Jason Thompson, and though he is possibly sacrificing some playing time, he moves into a role where he is better suited to lead and make an impact off the court.
On top of this, Landry will make more money as a result of re-joining the Kings. He averaged 12.9 points per game last season with the Dubs as a strong offense power forward, but he is also an elite passing big man, averaging 5.6 assists per game last year.
Jack was also a perfect fit with the Warriors last season. He joins a Cleveland Cavaliers team, which should also allow him to flourish. Jack goes from backing up Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to backing up Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. He provides the Cavs with veteran leadership and the ability to teach Irving and Waiters and help them progress individually and as a team.
Jack averaged 12.9 points and 5.6 assists last season and 17.2 points in the postseason. He is also making more money with the Cavs than with the Dubs and with Cleveland having a younger roster; Jack should also be a key cog in the Cavs offense.