In a move that was widely expected, Carl Landry of the Golden State Warriors has opted out of his contract with the team and will enter NBA free agency.
Landry clearly wants more money on the open market and will likely find it, although he has stated he would like to remain with the Warriors if at all possible. He averaged almost 11 points per game last season to go with six rebounds and was a critical piece for the surprisingly-good Warriors.
The contract Landry has chosen to opt out of was only going to pay him $4 million next season. Jim Paschke was the first with the news of Landry’s opt out via Twitter:
Milwaukee born Carl Landry opts out of GS deal to become an unrestricted Free Agent.
— Jim Paschke (@Paschketball) June 26, 2013
Landry will easily find more than the $4 million he was scheduled to make once he hits the open market. It’s a smart move for a man at the age of 29. Contenders and up-and-coming teams alike will be more than happy to throw cash at Landry either as a missing piece or a role model for youngsters.
While Landry has stated he would like to stay with the Warriors, it’s unlikely. Landry should cause a bit of a bidding war once he reaches the open market and some of the offers will simply be too much for Golden State to handle at this point.
Stay tuned for more details.
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