Posted on: February 5, 2012 5:02 pm
Posted by Royce Young
The Hornets will be without power forward Carl Landru for the next couple weeks as the team announced Sunday that Landry will miss 3-4 weeks with an MCL sprain.
The injury occured Saturday against the Pistons after a collision with Jason Maxiell in the third quarter.
Obviously in response to losing Landry, the Hornets signed forward Lance Thomas for 10 days. Thomas, a 6-8 second-year pro out of Duke, was in training camp with New Orleans and saw brief playing time in two of the Hornets' first three regular season games before being waived on Dec. 31. He spent his first pro season in the D-League.
Not a massive blow to the Hornets as the team is just 4-20 and has lost five straight. They've been without Eric Gordon for pretty much the entire season as well as center Chris Kaman who was being shopped in trade talks. Kaman has returned, but the team isn't built to win right now, which isn't the goal. It's a rebuild for the Hornets and though obviously Monty Williams and the team wish they could have Landry out there, losing him for a couple weeks isn't the end of the world.
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:51 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 10:50 pm
Posted by EOB
On a shortened schedule with the conclusion of the NBA lockout, free agency is going to be fast and furious. To keep track of all the wheelings, dealings, rumors, and reports, check Eye on Basketball daily for the Free Agency Buzz.
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:21 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
The biggest chip fell on Wednesday and now the rest of the pieces can finally get put into place.
After nearly a week of trade talks, the New Orleans Hornets moved All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers for a package that includes guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman and an unprotected 2012 first round draft pick that originally belonged to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday evening.
Thursday morning, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported that the Hornets inked power forward Carl Landry to a 1-year contract worth $8.75 million.
Landry, 28, was originally acquired by New Orleans in a 2011 trade for guard Marcus Thornton. He stepped into the starting lineup when All-Star forward David West suffered a season-ening knee injury, and averaged 11.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last sesaon.
The deal comes after Landry was linked to a host of NBA teams during the lockout and free agency periods. Original suitors were said to be the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers, with the Portland Trail Blazers and New Jersey Nets reportedly emerging as players later in the game.
This is a shrewd deal for both sides. Landry's production doesn't really warrant a $8 million plus per year salary, but he was sure to get multi-year offers from other teams that would have provided him a great overall dollar amount. By paying a premium on a 1-year deal, New Orleans fills a critical hole in its frontcourt -- created when West signed a 2-year, $20 million deal with the Indiana Pacers -- while still retaining financial flexibility for next summer's free agent market. As currently constructed, the Hornets should be well under the salary cap next summer and Landry's addition ensures that's the case.
Posted on: August 28, 2011 3:39 pm
By Matt Moore
Earlier this month, Carl Landry said that he saw himself as a good fit in Portland. It was odd considering they currently have LaMarcus Aldridge on roster and Landry is a power forward who struggles with rebounding. He's got great scoring instincts and work ethic though, making him one of the better free agents when the market opens.
Turns out someone with the Blazers thinks the same way. SLAM Online spoke to LaMarcus Aldridge and it turns out Aldridge thinks Landry would be a good fit as well. From SLAM:
“That’s big of him to speak out and I’m glad he spoke out and said he wants to play with us,” Aldridge told SLAMonline. “He’s a good player and I definitely feel like he can help us immediately.”via SLAM ONLINE | » Aldridge Signs Off on Landry.
The problem? Let's pretend for a moment that the new CBA at least keeps things within scale. So either the Blazers are in the same position, cap-space-wise, or the contracts are scaled back proportionally. Let's take three contracts for next season, outside of their best player, LMA. Brandon Roy, Marcus Camby, Gerald Wallace. That's nearly $37.5 million. Wesley Matthews is $6.1 million. In short, finding room for a back-up role player who will likely draw a better contract, even under a new CBA within a weaker free agency class than the last time he struck out might be tough for Portland.
With the Blazers still trying to figure out a plan in terms of their organization, making a major move like Landry might be a longshot. But if it's made, Aldridge is out in front to quell any talk of issues with the should-be-All-Star.
Here's a question? Who on earth is going to play power forward in New Orleans next year?
Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:22 pm
Posted by Royce Young
In an interview with SLAM, power forward Carl Landry, most recently with the Hornets, said he saw himself as a good fit with the Trail Blazers. His reasoning? They need his size.
“I think I can fit in with Portland," he said. “They’re in need of a big post presence down low. I’m not taking anything away from (Greg) Oden and (Marcus) Camby. I just know what I can provide. The Blazers are a good team and I know I can help.
“I really like Portland,” said Landry.” I’m good friends with Greg Oden, and Wes Matthews is from Wisconsin like me. There are a lot of ties there and I have no doubt that I would blend in fine.”
A quick note to Carl Landry: LaMarcus Aldridge plays for the Blazers too. In fact, he's their best player. In fact, he's one of the league's best players. I'm sure it was an oversight but when you say the Blazers need size because all they have is Oden and Camby, you might not want to leave out that 6-11 power forward that probably should've been on the All-Star team. Just a heads up.
But the point I think Landry is trying to make is that the team needs frontcourt depth. Landry's a bruiser. He's a guy that plays physical post defense, rebounds and scores a lot cleaning up inside. He's not going to be a starter, but in terms of having him to foul players like Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol hard, he's your guy.
And do I really have to point out that the Blazers need every body they can get? Oden's not a guarantee to be back with the team anyway, but health seems to always be an issue with the Blazers. Camby's like 56 years old to start with, so having a quality post player like Landry certainly would help. Even though his reasoning might not be correct since he forgot Aldridge, I think I have to agree with Landry. He'd be a fit with the Blazers.
Because here's what Landry says he brings: “I have an engine that doesn’t come in every car. Its’ a special engine like turbo and that’s something a coach can’t teach.”
You hear that Unknown Blazers General Manager? Sign this guy up!
Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:47 am
By Matt Moore
The Indiana Pacers are working on building off of momentum. They made the playoffs and gave a good show against the Bulls. With Darren Collison, Paul George, Roy Hibbert, and Danny Granger, and now adding George Hill, they're in a position to look for a player to get them to the next level. In an interview with the Indianapolis Star, Danny Granger, resident Indiana star, Granger identified several free agents he'd like to see added to the team, and these aren't exactly value pick-ups. He wants the big guns.
Q: Free agency will be a lot shorter once the lockout ends. What area do you guys need to address most?via Q&A: Pacers' Danny Granger frustrated with NBA lockout | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com.
West has been linked with the Pacers in the past, as has Landry. Nene is widely thought to be joining a contender if he doesn't return to Denver in a mega-deal. These are all bigger names, along with Glen Davis that make up a strong power forward free agency class.
It's notable that Granger played 18 percent of his minutes last season at power forward, and that Tyler Hansbrough proved to be a suitable option at the position. Granger's public support of an upgrade doesn't speak well to Hansbrough keeping the spot. Of course, how much money Herb Simon will want to commit to the team given its eight-seed status isnt' known at this point, nor is it known how much money will be available for the Pacers to spend under the new CBA, of course. But Granger's comments do speak of the direction of the Pacers, or what Granger thinks it should be, which is a move away from youth and towards veterans that can help them contend.
Posted on: July 10, 2011 9:06 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 9:46 pm
Forward Carl Landry says he's considering the Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks in free agency. Posted by Ben Golliver.
We tend to forget that there are two, not just one, New Orleans Hornets power forwards hitting the free agent market this summer.
While former All-Star David West checks in at No. 2 overall on the CBSSports.com free agency tracker, the often-overlooked Carl Landry made the top 20. And in a JCOnline.com article, Landry lets it be known that he, like West, plans to fully test the free agency waters, whenever the NBA lockout ends.
"I'm sure the lockout will end one day. I just don't know when. A lot of guys are trying to play overseas and make a little extra cash while this lockout is going on, but unfortunately in my case, I'm a free agent, so the smart thing for me is not looking into going overseas.It's fair to say that the fates of West and Landry are tied pretty closely together. The Hornets have pledged to do pretty much whatever it takes to keep West. If they deliver on that promise and he agrees to run it back with the Hornets, there likely won't be enough money leftover to secure Landry for the long haul as well.
On the flipside, if West decides to walk, New Orleans' back-up plan would seem to be the undersized Landry, who was acquired from the Sacramento Kings in a midseason deal. Landry performed solidly in the playoffs, battling the longer, more athletic Los Angeles Lakers to put up postseason averages of 16.8 points and 5.0 rebounds. He doesn't have West's overall talent, but he has energy, determination, defensive versatility and good instincts.
The intrigue grows a bit when Landry specifically mentions the Pacers, but that's a team that's often been linked to interest in West, given their large cap space, desire to add a top-level free agent and a hole at the starting four spot. The Pacers could find themselves setttling for Landry if West decides to stay with the Hornets or jumps ship to a more ready-made contender. His motor would fit in well with the developing ethos in Indiana, and he is likely to come at a far cheaper price, potentially allowing Indiana to spend its cap space dollars acquiring another mid-tier free agent.
Landry's numbers took a hit last year from his career season in 2009-2010 after his playing time decreased, but his reputation as a crafty scorer and worker has been established. His best fit might be as a team's first big man off the bench, but there's a good chance someone will pay him to be their starting power forward. Outside of West, the other top available free agent power forwards competing for dollars with Landry include Glen Davis, Kris Humphries, Jeff Green, Josh McRoberts and Kenyon Martin. Landry stacks up nicely with that group, as each of those players comes with questions. His size will always be a knock, but his toughness and age -- he's 27, ready to enter his prime -- should ensure a solid payday, regardless of which team ends up signing his checks next year.
Posted on: July 4, 2011 2:35 pm
Edited on: July 4, 2011 6:12 pm
Posted by Royce Young
The mass exodus to Europe because of the lockout hasn't happened quite yet and probably won't. There's not nearly as much money there as some think and the risk of injury simply isn't worth it.
However, over the weekend we told you about Rudy Fernandez's reported offer to go back to Spain. Possibly joining him overseas? Serge Ibaka, Carl Landry and Andrei Kirilenko.
Kirilenko is an unrestricted free agent so he can obviously sign anywhere without consequence. Via Talk Basketball:
"I’m in a better situation than the players who have valid contracts with NBA teams. If the lockout ends they will have to return to their teams. As a free agent I can play the entire next season in Europe, or even more than one season."
So that's one fairly big name. Landry, also a free agent, is rumored to have mutual interest with Armani Jeans Milano, via Gazetta della Sporta. Only rumor and speculation though as nothing concrete has been reported there.
But in Ibaka's case, he told a Spanish radio station via the Oklahoman, the he would consider going back to Spain to play professionally.
"If there is a lockout, and there are not many complications to play in the CBA, I would like to return here to play," Ibaka reportedly said. "I would rather play to stay in shape rather than stay idle. We do not know how the lockout will go or the possibility for a player leaving the NBA to come to play here. But I would like an opportunity to play at a site where people like me."
Ibaka, unlike Kirilenko and Landry, is still under contract with the Thunder so it would be a complicated situation for him to go back. There hasn't been a real decision yet whether or not players currently under contract in the NBA would even be allowed by FIBA to play overseas.
But Ibaka played in Spain for Ricoh Manresa before joining the Thunder two seasons ago, so obviously he's familiar and comfortable there. I'd say it's a highly unlikely scenario and more just Ibaka talking than anything else.
Fact remains though, Europe is on players' minds. At least the money there is.