Landry leaning toward opting out, testing free agency

Landry leaning toward opting out, testing free agency
June 19, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Carl Landry averaged 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 81 regular season games, and 11.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in 12 playoff games. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

OAKLAND -- Warriors forward Carl Landry is leaning toward opting out of the final year of his contract with Golden State and pursuing free agency, according to his agent.

"He's worth a lot more than the contract he has and the direction (we're moving) toward is him opting out," said his agent, Mark Bartelstein. "Things can change, but that's where it's leaning."

Landry signed a two-year, $8 million contract last summer with the second year as a player option. He has until Wednesday, the day before the NBA Draft, to decide whether to opt in to the remaining $4 million or choose to become a free agent. He is not expected to inform the Warriors until close to the deadline.

"(The Warriors) knew it was essentially a one-year deal when he signed," Bartelstein said. "They got him at below market value."

Warriors general manager Bob Myers agreed.

"We didn't think we'd get Landry on the number that we did," he said Wednesday.

Bartelstein, who also represents David Lee and Brandon Rush, said he has not had any discussion with Myers about Landry's situation, but plans to in the coming days.

If Landry opts out, it doesn't completely slam the door on his return to the team. Like Jarrett Jack, whose contract expires on June 30, Landry would still have the option to re-sign with the Warriors -- and that's not out of the question.

"The plan is we'll look at everything with Carl," Bartelstein said. "He loved playing for the Warriors. He called it 'the most fun he's ever had in the NBA' so we'll see look at everything."

Landry averaged 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 81 regular season games.

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