NBA Roundtable

Golden State Signs Carl Landry, Re-Signs Brandon Rush

In Free Agency on August 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm

The Contra Costa Times reports on Rush and Landry

The Warriors have finally reached a deal with swingman Brandon Rush, according to agent Mark Bartelstein.

Golden State will retain the free agent at a discount price; Rush’s deal is for $8 million over two years with a player option for the second year. He will make less than his $4.4 million qualifying offer and less than the $5 million midlevel exception he was hoping to land. But he also can walk away from the second year of the deal.

Rush becomes the top candidate to be the Warriors’ sixth man and might have a shot at earning the starting small forward job. If he has a big year, he stands to get a nice payday next season in free agency.

And Carl Landry

The Warriors and free-agent power forward Carl Landry have agreed to a two-year deal worth $8 million, according to Landry’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, and the team is close to re-signing swingman Brandon Rush.

Analysis

Brandon Rush

An above average defensive player and rebounder. A very good perimeter shooter who had a terrific year last season and may have made the leap to an elite spot up shooter. Has improved his finishing around the basket. A very good role player offensively.

A three dimensional role player (defense, rebounding and offense).

Worth the MLE if playing 30+ minutes a night. Golden State got him on a good contract at $8 million over two years.

Carl Landry

One of the best backup big men in the league. An undersized PF with good quickness and explosiveness in the paint. The most effective / efficient post scorer in the league coming off the bench. A reliable 15ppg threat and go-to scorer (lead shot-creator) for a team’s second unit.

A limited defender and very limited rebounder. This is the only thing holding him back from being a 35 minute a night starter earning $12-13 million a year. But they are … and he isn’t … which makes Carl Landry best suited to being a bench player where he is one of the finest backup big men (and a Sixth Man of the Year candidate) in the league.

A very good contract at two years $8 million. Worth around $7 million or so per annum. Almost half the price. Bargain.

Luxury Tax

The Warriors inched over the luxury tax threshold with these two signings.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see them make a minor cost cutting move at mid-season. Maybe one of those second round picks. Or dumping Biedrins at the expense of a draft pick.

If they have some bad luck and suffer injuries and they fall out of the playoff picture as a result, I could see them sacrificing a bigger piece. Someone like Jarrett Jack.

Golden State’s Roster

PG: Steph Curry, Jarrett Jack
SG: Klay Thompson, Brandon Rush
SF: Richard Jefferson, Harrison Barnes
PF: David Lee, Carl Landry, Draymond Green
C:  Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli, Andris Biedrins, Jeremy Tyler

This is quickly becoming a really good basketball team.

Steph Curry is a top ten PG in the league. Andrew Bogut a top ten center. David Lee an average PF. Klay Thompson looks primed for a breakout year and has star potential. Carl Landry is one of the best backup big men in the league. Brandon Rush is a high level role player on the wing. Jarrett Jack is a very strong backup combo guard.

Then there is Harrison Barnes who has some star potential too. Ezeli who looks a legitimate NBA center in the making. Draymond Green looks an NBA player. Biedrins is a solid third string center. Tyler a project on the end of the bench. Richard Jefferson is still a solid two way role player (albeit with weak rebounding).

There is loads of shooting ability on the perimeter. A defensive anchor in Bogut. Multiple shot-creators although the two young wings will need some time to fully develop.

This is a legitimate playoff team and quite possibly a title contender down the road if Barnes + Klay Thompson fulfill their potential + if Bogut and Steph Curry can indeed stay healthy.

 

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