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Carl Landry says he's between a rock and a hard place about whether to opt out. Really, his decision is already...
made. He's opting out.
No, he wouldn't say it. In fact, he pointed out how with him it's still possible. But the reality is he has to opt out. It's the smart move. The few people I've talked to with the Warriors expect him to do just that. One even acknowledged if they were Landry, they would opt out, too.
Here are three good reasons why it would be a shock if he plays out the last year of his deal for $4 million:
* No player wants to play on a one-year deal if they don’t have to. With no long-term security, the risk of injury is too great. Most players would rather a multi-year deal at a lower rate than a one-year deal at a slightly higher rate
* This year is a much better market for Landry. If he plays one year and becomes a free agent in 2014, he could have to wait in line behind other power forwards such as Chris Bosh, Dirk Nowitzki, Zach Randolph, Pau Gasol, Andrea Bargnani, Amar’e Stoudemore, Derrick Favors, Larry Sanders, Greg Monroe and Ed Davis
* Playing the final year of his contract eliminates the possibility of the payday he’s been looking for. Landry had a solid year for the Warriors. He fizzled after a hot start, but bounced back well in the playoffs. NBA teams are known for throwing big money around. How could Landry not even test the waters when a three-year, $15 to $20 million could be out there?
With that said, doesn't mean Landry isn't torn. As the crowd of some 6,000 people begged for him to flex (as he does on three-point plays), it was clear he loves it here. This is a tough time for Landry because opting out makes it very real that his days with Warriors may be over.
Read what he has to say here: http://bit.ly/16RQncA