According to a report by Yahoo Sports analyst Adrian Wojnarowski, the Golden State Warriors have agreed to a 2-year, $8 million dollar deal with former New Orleans Hornets forward Carl Landry.
He will receive $4 million a year with a player option in the second year.
Carl averaged 12.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists (18 points and 8 rebounds per 36 minutes) in 41 games last season for the New Orleans Hornets.
His primary role with the Warriors will be to back up starting power forward David Lee off the bench.
Happy to announce I will be joining the
@warriors family. Time to go to work!!! # WarriorNation
— Carl Landry (@CarlLandry24) July 31, 2012
Grade for Warriors: B +
Slowly but surely, the Golden State Warriors are making moves to position themselves in the Western Conference playoff picture.
It was only 3 years ago when Landry was averaging 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Sacramento Kings. He’s a hard worker who scores well in the paint and defends opposition effectively despite being a tad undersized (6’9) for the power forward position.
One of the biggest knacks against his game has been his inability to rebound the ball at a high rate (a career 5.1 rebounder). He certainly won’t help the Warriors in that department. Golden State was 27th in the league last season in rebounding (39.4).
Despite all of that, this is still a nice, unheralded signing by the Warriors. He adds a nice veterans touch to a team full of young, up-and-coming players (Curry, Thompson, Barnes, Lee).
With signing Carl Landry, drafting Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green, trading for Jarrett Jack and bringing over Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush, the Golden State Warriors are beginning to look like a force to be reckoned with out West.
Christopher Walder is a sports blogger and lead editor for Sir Charles in Charge. You may follow him on Twitter @WalderSports