Carl Landry Interested In Re-Signing With Hornets
By John Reid, The Times Picayune
With an expiring contract and no guarantee from the Hornets on a possible extension, forward Carl Landry may have played his final home game Thursday night at the New Orleans Arena.
With two picks already assured to be among the top 14 in June’s NBA draft, it’s not certain what direction the Hornets may go with their rebuilding plans now that Tom Benson owns the franchise.
But Coach Monty Williams indicated Thursday night that changes are likely ahead for their roster.
“It could be some surprises, and I’ll just leave it at that,’’ Williams said. “We’ve been evaluating older guys, even when they’re not on the floor.’’
Like Landry, shooting guard Marco Belinelli’s current deal expires after this season. Center Chris Kaman, who was acquired in the December trade that sent Chris Paul going to the Clippers, is in the final year of his contract. Although the Hornets listened to trade offers for Kaman before the February trade deadline, Hornets General Manager Dell Demps didn’t trade him. Now Kaman will become an unrestricted free agent.
“I’m trying to look to the future and see what’s best for myself and my family, and we’ll see,” Kaman said. “I can’t do anything until July, so I’ll get myself in better shape and see what happens.’’
The Hornets also could decide to use their one-time amnesty clause to waive center Emeka Okafor to clear more salary-cap space. Okafor is owed $28 million over the next two seasons.
Even if the Hornets were to use the amnesty clause, Okafor is still owed the money, but it wouldn’t count against their salary cap.
Okafor has missed 36 consecutive games with a sore left knee and is not expected to return for the final three games of the regular season.
Forward Trevor Ariza has the second-most lucrative contract. If he exercises his player option for the 2013-14 season, he would be owed $14.9 million for each of the next two seasons.
Ariza has not left the bench for seven consecutive games. Williams said he wants Al-Farouq Aminu, a younger player, to play extended minutes to evaluate him better.
Landry said he would like to return to the Hornets, but said he didn’t know if they will pursue re-signing him.
“You just never know,’’ said Landry, who scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against the Rockets. “You hear one thing one day, and something (else) the next. You’ve just got to play every game like it’s your last. That’s all you can do, especially in a contract situation like myself. You can’t worry about if you are going to be here tomorrow.’’
Edited by LALakersFan4Life, June 22, 2012 - 09:19 AM.