Unrestricted free agent Carl Landry is set to meet with the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Landry played the backup power forward role for the Golden State Warriors last season and had a terrific year averaging 10.8 points per game while grabbing 6.0 rebounds per game. He became a free agent less than a week ago after he declined his $4 million player option and opted out of the final year of his contract.
Landry’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said that it only made sense for his client to hit the open market in hopes of a long-term deal after having such a big season.
His decision definitely makes sense, and if he does indeed sign with the Clippers, then they will be receiving an unselfish and effective big man to back up Blake Griffin. The Warriors and Clippers have had some bad blood with each other in recent history, and it seems that this transaction would only fuel the fire.
With Landry likely on his way out, the Warriors should really hope that Jarrett Jack decides to stay with the team, as it would be a travesty if they were to lose two of their most productive bench performers.
But for now, they should really focus on looking around the market for notable free agent big men to replace Landry. It would take a miracle for Landry to turn down a presumably longer deal and more money from a title contender to return back to the Warriors for just a one-year deal. Also, if he struggles next season, the market might not be as hot for him and he might struggle to find the same deals elsewhere.
Keep your ears open for more free agency buzz, as we will have you covered the whole way through the long process.