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Hornets sign Carl Landry to 1-year contract

Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:21 pm
Posted by Ben Gollivercarl-landry

The biggest chip fell on Wednesday and now the rest of the pieces can finally get put into place.

After nearly a week of trade talks, the New Orleans Hornets moved All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers for a package that includes guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman and an unprotected 2012 first round draft pick that originally belonged to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday evening.

Thursday morning, Ken Berger of reported that the Hornets inked power forward Carl Landry to a 1-year contract worth $8.75 million.

Landry, 28, was originally acquired by New Orleans in a 2011 trade for guard Marcus Thornton. He stepped into the starting lineup when All-Star forward David West suffered a season-ening knee injury, and averaged 11.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last sesaon.

The deal comes after Landry was linked to a host of NBA teams during the lockout and free agency periods. Original suitors were said to be the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers, with the Portland Trail Blazers and New Jersey Nets reportedly emerging as players later in the game.

This is a shrewd deal for both sides. Landry's production doesn't really warrant a $8 million plus per year salary, but he was sure to get multi-year offers from other teams that would have provided him a great overall dollar amount. By paying a premium on a 1-year deal, New Orleans fills a critical hole in its frontcourt -- created when West signed a 2-year, $20 million deal with the Indiana Pacers -- while still retaining financial flexibility for next summer's free agent market. As currently constructed, the Hornets should be well under the salary cap next summer and Landry's addition ensures that's the case.
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Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:24 pm

Hornets sign Carl Landry to 1-year contract

Biggest move for the Hornets this year.  Hear is a team that will be around .500 (hopefully a little worse for draft purposes) this year then next year have Gordon, Okafor, Ariza, 2 high draft picks and about 25-30 million cap room next summer. Throw in Landry as a 6th man and The Hornets have themselves one heck of a team.  The Bees have the money for two MAJOR free agent signings.  Surely someone who is a leader will come here and help build a winner with Gordon. Heck, New Orleans has already seen it with Drew Brees 6 years ago.  The Saints (and New Orleans) is a PRIME free agent location and Brees is a "god" because he is a leader and he delivered.  Chris Paul is leaving because he could NOT lead.  David West must feel good that his good friend Paul thinks playing with BG is a better alternative than playing with him. Had Chris committed, so too would have David West.  Chris Paul is an ass and he deserves to wander aimlessless for the next 2 years.  Geaux Hornets :-)

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