April 09, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward Carl Landry (7) gestures after scoring a basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors: Carl Landry Opts Out, Becomes Free Agent

Carl Landry had an outstanding season for the Golden State Warriors in 2012-2013, so he will be taking full advantage of that to make as much money as possible.

Landry has opted out of his $4 million player option for next season, making him a free agent.

According to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group, “it was a tough decision because he really wants to stay with Golden State, which is why he waited until the last possible day to decide.”

Landry averaged 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 81 games in his first season with the Warriors, and played a key role coming off the bench. His energy and hustle provided the Warriors with a much-needed spark, and he provided a solid post presence that this franchise has lacked for so many years.

The Warriors got Landry for a bargain during last year’s free agent frenzy, signing him to a $4 million deal. After a superb campaign, believed that his value is much higher than that amount.

Of course, the Warriors can still re-sign Landry, who does want to stay with the team, but for the right amount.

Golden State has a tough decision on their hands, as Jarrett Jack, another pivotal bench player, is also a free agent, and the team is short on cap space.

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