During this offseason, it was apparent that the signings of both Brandon Rush and Carl Landry could be linked together. With both players having Mark Bartelstein as their agent, their arrival to the Bay Area and the Golden State Warriors was expected after the signing of rookie Draymond Green for a three-year, $2.6 million deal on Monday. Surprisingly, both players will join the team for the same price despite taking different journeys to get here.
According to Bartelstein, both Rush and Landry will sign with the Warriors for the same deal, a two-year, $8 million contract. In both of their contracts, there will be a player option for the second year, meaning they will decide after this season whether they want to accept the rest of their initial deal or become free agents for next offseason.
Landry, who was the first of the two to sign on Monday following Green's deal, had a curious offseason. Despite having a proven skill set and demonstrating success last season with the New Orleans Hornets, the Charlotte Bobcats were the only real competitor to the Warriors for his services.
According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, two factors that really went into Landry's decision were stability and a desire to play for a playoff team. After signing a one-year deal last summer, the Warriors offered him what he wanted in a two-year contract and the chance to play for a team that has greatly increased their playoff chances for the upcoming season. Considering he made $9 million last season and is at the prime age of his career of 28, getting Landry for this price is a great value despite his injury history.
As for Rush, the Warriors gave him a $4.3 million qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent and giving them the upper hand over other interested teams in negotiation talks. Since the Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers both showed interest but decided not to give an offer sheet, Rush comes back to the Warriors at a bargain price lower than the qualifying offer given to him at the start of the offseason. With the Warriors vowing to match any reasonable offer given by other teams, the team was able to bring back their best bench contributor without breaking the bank.
With both players having options to become free agents once again next offseason, the Warriors may have to go through the free agency path with them all over again next year. However, until that time comes, the team appears to have their 15-player roster set for next season with two crucial bench pieces officially a part of the roster.
Warriors, Rush agree on two-year deal, CSN Bay Area
Carl Landry Weighing Free Agency Options, HOOPSWORLD
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