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Warriors lose key reserves Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry in free agency

Jul 6, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

Warriors forward Carl Landry reacts after making a shot and drawing a foul against the Spurs during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

The Warriors were a fun and exciting team last season, as well as one that exceeded expectations. If they’re going to continue that improvement next year, they’ll be doing it without two key reserves, both of whom were lost in free agency.

Jarrett Jack played big point guard minutes for the Warriors off the bench, and was often featured in crunch time lineups. But he has agreed to join the Cavaliers, reports Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group. The deal is for four years and $25 million.

Carl Landry had a player option to return to the Warriors next season for $4 million, but opted out to pursue a bigger, long-term deal. It turned out to be the smart choice, as he has agreed to a four-year deal worth $26 million to play for the Sacramento Kings.

Landry turned down a deal to join the Clippers in favor of returning to Sacramento, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

The Kings have cleaned house internally, and have a new ownership group that installed both a new general manager and a new head coach. Along with the good-sized contract, those had to be no small factors in Landry’s decision to return to the team where he had his best statistical (partial) season in 28 games there to finish out 2010.

There’s no question that with Jack and Landry gone, the Warriors lost some important depth that helped them to such a successful campaign. But they also dumped some bad contracts and went out and signed Andre Iguodala in free agency themselves, so we’ll have to see if the totality of the team’s moves result in a net positive when all is said and done next season.

  1. ss3walkman - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Losing Jarret Jack will hurt them. He seemed to fit in so well.

  2. cakemixa - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Between losing their best bench players and key assistant coaches (Malone), look for GSW to return to the lottery next year.

    • anhdazman - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:29 AM

      That’s a ridiculous statement. GSW added one of the best if not the best wing defender in the game. An All Star. He will offset Jack’s loss. Iggy will be handling some PG duties once Curry goes to the bench.

      In a defensive set, Bogut 7’0, Green 6’7, Barnes 6’8, Iggy 6’6 and Thompson 6’7 will be on the floor. That’s a lot of quickness and length to stop opposing teams.

      In a offensive set, Bogut 7’0, Lee 6’9, Iggy 6’6, Thompson 6’7, Curry 6’3.

      Although Ezeli will be out until December or January, he’s also an excellent defensive Center.

      FA isn’t done yet and I can assure you GSW will address the backup Center position.

      As for PF Landry, expect to see Green and Barnes slide over to PF to collect those minutes when Lee goes to the bench.

  3. herkulease - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Are you really “losing” someone to free agency when you renounced your rights to them the day before?

    In order to make the dumping of bad contracts and bring in Iggy work they had to renounce Jack and Landry, virtually making it impossible to resign them.

  4. jrod2173 - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Adding Iggy to the starting line up will move either Barnes or Thompson to the bench. That already makes the bench stronger. They’ll still have the mid level and TPE to go out an get some solid players to round out the bench.

    • money2long - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      iggy can help run point guard in spurts for the warriors

      • money2long - Jul 6, 2013 at 9:00 PM

        LOL @ anyone who thinks he can’t.

  5. patfic15 - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Good move Landry. Well. No. Not really.

    • anhdazman - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:34 AM

      There’s no doubt that I would have loved to have Jack and Landry back on the team. But that wasn’t possible.

      But to compare Iggy, Jack and Landry. Iggy is the best player of those 3. He can help in scoring, open floor, playing some PG, defense, rebounding and assist. He has a complete game. He also has a lot of experience and leadership just like the before mentioned. It’s not everyday you can add an All Star to your team. GSW has a chance to have 3 All Stars on their team next year.

      Green and Barnes can offset Landry’s loss at PF. These young guys played well last year and has earned the minutes.

      Losing an assistant coach is a bi-yearly thing in the NBA. Coach Jackson is on his 3rd year and has the experience and understanding of what it takes.

  6. saint1997 - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Don’t forget Rush as well – who would have been a key contributor. This is actually a worry and I don’t think Warriors can get above a 4 seed like that

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      Western Conf Seeds next year.

      1) Thunder
      2) Clippers
      3) Spurs
      4) Houston
      5) Memphis (Houston and Memphis could flip flop easily)
      6) Warriors
      7) Nuggets 8) Timberwolves

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:23 PM

        Well, I’m glad you have it all figured out. Why don’t you start your own blog called Pro Basketball Prognostications where we can all go for betting tips?

    • anhdazman - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:37 AM

      Rush was hurt in the 2nd game last year. With minutes to Thompson, Iggy, Barnes and Green at the SG and SF, there wasn’t going to be any minutes for Rush who is coming back from an ACL injury. Rush wasn’t going to get more minutes than Thompson, Iggy or Barnes.

  7. jerdogthompson - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Kinda bummed Carl didn’t join us in LA. Oh well, could have been a good run. Best of luck in the rebuild happening in Sacto, good enough to win but far from good enough to win more than 40 next year.

  8. 00maltliquor - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Losing Jack is gonna hurt them, especially when (not if) Curry gets hurt. Landry…why would you do that? Either go back to GSW or sign with the Clips, why would you go back to Sac Town and fight for minutes with Jason Thompson, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes?

    • Anoesis - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      $

  9. bayrich - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Ja

  10. itsonlyaspeedbump - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Got an excellent 2nd or 3rd option in Iggy who will be their best finisher at the rim and improve their perimeter defense. The overall quality of the bench probably goes down, even with Barnes or Thompson being a super-sub with the losses of Jack and Landry, but the Jack loss hurts more because he was the insurance for Curry.

    Oh well, still feel like this is a net gain for the Dubs because their young players are still improving and theyll have a bit of cap manuverability for the future.

    3rd seed if all goes well! (remember, other than obviously the Heat, GS was the only team to give the Spurs trouble last postseason)

  11. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Two B’s don’t equal an A player. If you don’t understand that then you don’t know basketball. Andre Iguodala is so much more important than Jack or Landry.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      Not sure why everybody is thumbing you down.

      They should look at the 4-year deals each player got.

      Iguodala: 4 years, $48 million from the Warriors
      Jack: 4 years, $25 million from the Cavaliers
      Landry: 4 years, $26 million from the Kings

      Hopefully, they’d notice how Iguodala got roughly double the money (from a good team) that Jack and Landry each got (from bad teams)…

  12. jerdogthompson - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    @proball

    So AI is an “A” player? Don’t think so but hey everyone is entitled to an opinion. I will admit that they had a great run last year. However, if you consider AI an “A” player than you just lost two “A” players that helped make last year an “A” season. In your words of course.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      Jarrett Jack is a solid point guard who is good offensively but a liability on defense. Jack is an above-average starter/very good backup: the very definition of a “B” player.

      In no way, shape, or form is Jarrett Jack an “A” player, and his new deal (paying him roughly half of Iguodala’s salary per year) reflects that fact.

      Likewise, look at Carl Landry’s deal, and you’ll also notice he’s getting paid considerably less per year than Iguodala: further evidence that Landry is not an “A” player in the eyes of any GM.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      If you’ve watched Iguodala… well he’s just an impact player. The guy makes tons of plays every game on both sides of the court. Only thing that worries me is how he’ll age… but Landry and Jack might age terribly too. I never liked Jack because he completely froze the ball on offense, even if he did have a knack for scoring.

      • badintent - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:50 AM

        True . He drove me crazy at time in Toronto. The TV camera would show head coach Triano going “no,no, ok good shot a least 5 times a game when Jack was wack.

    • anhdazman - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:42 AM

      Iggy is an All Star, Olympic champion. He’s the best wing defender in the game. He has an all around game that contributes with rebounds and assist. Give the ball to him and he can play some PG. Iggy can have the ball in his hand, drive and kick the ball to Thompson and Curry. GSW needed a player that could break down a defense. I will say Iggy will be great for this team in his first two years.

      Now his last two years on this contract might fall off. At 32 and 33, 12 million a year might be over paying if his game drops off a lot.

  13. jerdogthompson - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    My comments were not per se to suggest either jack or Carl were A players. Merely I was suggesting that even though AI can be an impact player he’s certainly not an A player. I would think an A player as say, Lebron,Melo,Duncan,wade, KD, CP3, etc…..perhaps an impact B player would best describe AI. I. Like the guy he’s got game but if you count him amongst the elite your sorely mistaken. I personally think GS would have faired better dumping the contracts and keeping the other two. Stay tuned……..

    • anhdazman - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:47 AM

      GSW already has a superstar in Curry. Lee is an All Star. Just added another All Star in Iggy. Thompson and Barnes are young role players that are improving. They can become future stars. Bogut is a defensive Center that’s not the same player prior to his injuries, but one of the better shot blocker and rebounders in the game. He’s not going to get pushed around.

      Green and Ezeli showed a lot of promise in the rookie year. They’re just going to get better. Management kept the core of this team together and added another NBA star to the mix. GSW will be a top 4 team in the West.

  14. realfootballfan - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    More “Tales of Bad NBA Contracts” in a moment. And you wonder why some of these teams forever remain bottom feeders when they overpay for bench and marginal players like the contract is going to make them perform like starters.

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