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Warriors’ Landry faces tough decision: Should he stay or should he go now?

May 24, 2013, 8:10 AM EDT

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You get this sense with the Warriors — guys like playing there now. You could feel the team chemistry when you watch them play. They liked each other, they were having fun together. And that was fun to watch.

Carl Landry wants to stay a part of that.

But the NBA is a business.

Landry can opt out of the last year of his $4 million deal for next season — and he should. He averaged 10.8 points and 6 rebounds a game off the bench for the Warriors last season and was a key cog for them in the postseason. Other teams noticed. He’ll get a little big bigger payday and a multi-year deal that gives him security. Plus, better he does it this year in a weak free agent class when teams are more likely to overpay than next year in a loaded class.

His head is telling him one thing, his heart another. Landry told the Contra Costa Times he is having a hard time with this decision.

He called it the hardest decision of his career.

CARL LANDRY: “I mean, this is the best team I’ve ever played for on this level, especially as far as chemistry. And the scary thing is we’ve been together one year….

“The Warriors are home whether I opt in or out. Hopefully, I can spend the rest of my career here because this is a very special place. Everything here is what you want: the city, the fans, the front office, the coach, the teammates. You can’t ask for anything more.”

Landry likely opts out, but it sounds like he is going to give Golden State a chance to match — or at least come close, he might allow a little hometown discount. A deal like three years, $15 million seems about the right fit, but we will see what the market will offer.

Still, you listen to his comments and you have to think Landry will be back with Golden State next season.

  1. 00maltliquor - May 24, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Man, I wish I felt like that about where I work!

  2. saint1997 - May 24, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    That bench is seriously key to their success. With Jack and Landry they created a formidable bench P&R combo AND that’s without including injured Brandon Rush – a guy who likely would have been extraordinarily valuable and would have completed a veritable bench big 3!!

    • unxpexted1 - May 24, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      I forgot all about Brandon Rush!!

      • saint1997 - May 24, 2013 at 9:25 PM

        everybody always does!

  3. benning89 - May 24, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    CARL LANDRY = Class Act!

  4. casualcommenter - May 24, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    I think he can stay if the Warriors’ ownership is willing to “man-up” and pay the luxury tax next year. Between Andris Bierdins and Richard Jefferson, the team will have $20 million in salary in 2013-2014 that comes off the books in 2014. So the owner has two choices –

    Allow several pieces of a competitive and fun team in a major media market to leave in free agency in 2013 because of the luxury tax, which could compromise the team’s performance next year and lose the team some fans they gained this season OR

    Keep everybody, pay the luxury tax for 1 year, then know (100% guaranteed) that you won’t have to pay luxury tax again in 2014-2015 since $20 MILLION comes off the books automatically, and stay competitive in the short and medium term.

    While the luxury taxes in the new CBA aren’t fun to pay, they’re only really punishing if a team qualifies for the “repeater” tax penalties. To keep everybody together, the owner would really only have to pay the luxury tax once (so there’s no fear of the “repeater” penalty), and that would allow his franchise to keep up the positive momentum they gained this year with fans in the Oakland/San Francisco area. Seems like a no-brainer business decision to me (take a very short-term hit for long-term gain), but we’ll see what the Warriors’ owner does.

  5. teambringitstrong - May 24, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Its easy to sit there at your laptop and say the Warriors ownership needs to ‘ man up and pay the luxury tax’. Which is so typical of people that aren’t in that position and no wonder lottery winners go broke in such a short time.
    But back to my point, it will be hard for the Warriors to sustain success in the Pacific division. I mean look at Portland, Sacramento and the LA Clippers.
    The Bay Are fans and Laker haters don’t want to see this but as long as there is a Laker franchise, they will always be the franchise. Maybe not in terms of hoisting a championship every year but you are delusional if you don’t think they are the standard bearer.

  6. stoutfiles - May 24, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    If he goes there will be trouble
    And if he stays it will be double

    • kingokra - May 24, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      It’s always tease, tease, tease…

  7. anhdazman - May 26, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    It’s pretty much a 50-50 spit. Ownership can say hey, if we keep Landry, it would stun the growth of Barnes and Green. Also with Rush coming back, there wouldn’t be enough minutes.
    But, GSW are thin at PF behind Lee. Barnes is truly a SF. Green is a tweener at SF\PF. Lee is a work horse, but much like Curry, Warriors are better off setting a maximum minute count for Curry and Lee. Once they’re tired and worn down during a long season, that could open them up to more injuries.

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