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Warriors reach deal with Carl Landry; close with Rush

Jul 30, 2012, 6:52 PM EDT

Brandon Rush, Arron Afflalo AP

UPDATE 6:52 pm: The Warriors have reached a deal with Carl Landry for two years at $8 million, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. The second year of that is a player’s option.

5:07 pm: Golden State is close to rounding out their roster and they are doing it in an impressive manner.

The Warriors are on the verge in signing Carl Landry and Brandon Rush, the agent for both confirmed to Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com.

As a restricted free agent, Rush had the right to sign an offer sheet from another team and then wait for the Warriors to match the offer or not. But Rush had failed to get a qualifying offer, and so he will simply come to terms on a contract with Golden State.

Landry played 41 games for the New Orleans Hornets last season, averaging 12.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in 24.4 minutes per game. Landry will likely back up power forward David Lee.

Both of those guys add some quality depth to what could be a playoff team in the Bay Area. Rush averaged 9.8 points per game for Golden State last year and can play key minutes off the bench in keeping the minutes down for Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.

The Warriors also have reached a three-year deal with second-round pick Draymond Green, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. The third year of the deal is only partially guaranteed and Green will make $2.6 million over the course of the deal. If he finds his way into the Warriors rotation that is a steal for them.

If all three are signed it brings the Warriors roster to 16, which is bad news for Warriors free agent small forward Kent Bazemore, whose deal is not full guaranteed.

  1. james2111 - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Nice role players but they need more than that to compete in the west.

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:46 PM

      Contend, yes they need more. Get a 6-8 playoff seed? They will start Curry, Thompson, Richard Jefferson, David Lee and Andrew Bogut with Jarrett Jack, Rush, Harrison Barnes and Landry behind them. If they stay healthy, that’s a playoff roster.

      • irishfan109 - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:35 PM

        Kurt,

        You don’t think Golden State will start Barnes? Maybe not to begin the season but with Jefferson on an obvious decline and Barnes possessing so much talent, I expect Barnes to take over the starting gig in no time.

  2. dalucks - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    On paper and if they can stay reasonably healthy, the Warriors might make the playoffs. Then again, in the Western Conference, unless they win 50 games then that probably will not happen.

  3. adzs - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    The Warriors have quietly built a pretty deep and talented roster; Not Nuggets deep, but a great 9-10 man rotation to work around. Also with all the moves made by teams int eh west to improve (Minnesota, My Hornets, the Jazz to some extent, etc) the west for me will definetly be the most interesting of the two conferences in terms of quality of competition and competitiveness to reach the playoffs; Personally now i can’t wait for this seaosn to begin and see how things work out…

  4. omie34 - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Carl was a beast when he was here in houston. The warriors are putting together a nice little roster. They have a chance at the 7th or 8th seed

  5. londonaiooo - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:25 AM

    When did the Warriors not become the Warriors anymore? All this talk of making the playoffs ignores that they always underachieve. Curry and Bogut are still very injury prone, Lee plays average D at best and Barnes is unproven at this level (though admittedly very talented). Like it was mentioned above, they’ll need to get around 50 wins for the 8th spot, I see this team maybe getting to 45 if everything falls their way, but more likely in the 39-42 range. Not enough.

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