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Surprisingly, New Orleans Holds Onto Carl Landry

In Free Agency on December 16, 2011 at 3:30 am reports

The New Orleans Hornets and free-agent Carl Landry have agreed to a new contract, sources said Thursday morning.

Landry, who had been aggressively pursued by several teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers, accepted the Hornets’ proposal. He likely will step directly into the starting power forward role, left vacant when David West signed with the Indiana Pacers.

Marc Stein tweets that the contract is worth $9 million over one year.


Carl Landry

Carl Landry is a rare breed in the NBA –  A reserve big man whose prime value his is ability to create his own shot out of the post. Landry has a low post game, a face up game and a mid-range jump shot. He can be a highly efficient scorer when given some help by his teammates.

Unfortunately, Landry is a very weak rebounder + a slightly below average defensive player who is limited by his lack of his size. These qualities make him ill-suited to be a starter, at least a high quality starter, in this league.

Ergo, Carl Landry’s best value to a team is in a sixth man role. Main big off the bench. Shot-creator in the second unit.

New Orleans – Finances

Surprised that New Orleans ponied up $9 million to keep Carl Landry in the midst of an ownership change when the NBA (who temporarily own the Hornets) has been so against adding salary to their payroll.

New Orleans – Squad

PG – Jarret Jack
SG – Eric Gordon, Marco Belinelli
SF – Trevor Ariza, Al-Farouq Aminu, Quincy Pondexter
PF – Carl Landry
C  – Emeka Okafor, Chris Kaman

The Hornets will use a three player big man rotation with Kaman, Okafor and Landry. It looks like Kaman will be the one to come off the bench. That gives New Orleans a very solid big man rotation.

The Hornets also have a pair of quality role players in Jarrett Jack and Trevor Ariza. Dogged veterans. And a star quality scorer and two way player in Eric Gordon.

That gives New Orleans a very capable starting lineup and high quality main big man off the bench. We’ll have to wait and see how they fill out the rest of the bench but this group which could easily win around 45 games (in 82game season).

Al-Farouq Aminu

I was hoping the Hornets would start Aminu at the four alongside Okafor.

I think that he has Kirilenko-like qualities as an undersized quick four. The type of player who can be hugely disruptive with his length, quickness and activity on team defense. Who can create extra possessions for his team and cause problems with his speed offensively.

Carl Landry is a good signing and will help them but the hopeful fan inside of me is sad not to see Aminu get a chance in that role.

Portland and Landry

I was hoping these two parties would find a way to come together. I thought Landry would have been perfect for the Blazers.

PF – LaMarcus Aldridge, Carl Landry, Gerald Wallace
C  – Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas

I loved the idea of how well those big men all complemented one another and gave Portland multiple choices in terms of matchups + style of play.

I thought Landry as a post scorer would be fantastic alongside LaMarcus Aldridge (highly skilled offensive C). And could also combine well with Marcus Camby (finesse defender, possession creator) and Kurt Thomas (physical presence, defender/rebounder, midrange shooter). And then Portland would have Gerald Wallace as an undersized quick four to call upon too … wow! What a big man rotation that would have been.


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