The Golden State Warriors have long been rumored to be interested in unrestricted free agent forward Carl Landry. He is a strong and tough presence in the post and would fill the team's need for a bench forward with back-to-the-basket scoring capabilities. While Landry would definitely be a nice addition for the team's depth, there are many reasons why the Warriors would be better off acquiring another free agent target.
Desires a multi-year contract
A story for the Warriors all offseason, the team has limited cap room to sign Landry or any other free agent on the market. Despite talks between the two sides, it will be hard to imagine signing Landry for around $3.5 million in the first year of a multi-year deal (assuming the team renounced their rights to Nate Robinson and Dominic McGuire), which would be a low offer considering the $8.5 million he made last season. Plus, there are no signs whether the Warriors want to sign Landry to a multi-year contract which would obviously hamper their chances at acquiring him.
Not a great rebounder or defensive presence
To compare Landry's game to a former Warriors player, he is very much like Corey Maggette. An undersized scoring forward who isn't the greatest rebounder or defender, Landry's hustle and toughness can only go so far in these departments. While his quick feet help him on defense and he can defend the post decently, Landry isn't great at rotating on help defense and does not show the same tenacity on offense when he rebounds.
Replica of Draymond Green
Rookie Green has looked good so far in Summer League play but also plays a very similar game to Landry. While Green will probably not have a significant role with the team this season, signing Landry to a long-term contract would effectively stifle Green's development and give the team two players with very similar size and roles. Also, unlike other free agents under consideration like Kenyon Martin and Shelden Williams, Landry cannot play center and the team would be better off signing a veteran who can backup both David Lee and Andrew Bogut.
Durability has been a major concern for Landry over the years. With lingering left knee and right ankle injuries, he has only averaged about 38 games a year over his last four seasons. Considering the team has Bogut and Stephen Curry, should the team consider signing another player who is injury-prone?
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