The head vs. heart decisions are the toughest.
Carl Landry’s head says he will make more than $4 million on the open market and he can get the security of a multi-year deal if he opts out o the last year of his deal with Golden State.
His heart says he had the most fun of his career playing last season in Golden State and would like to return. Free agency could land him anywhere.
But he’s leaning toward opting out, his agent told Kyle Bonagura at CSNBayArea.com.
“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 averaged 10.8 points a game on 54 percent shooting with 6 rebounds a game off the bench for Golden State last season. He did it efficiently, with a PER of 17.4 (above the league average). Then with David Lee down in the playoffs his role grew and he responded with an even higher level of play (PER of 21.6).
If Landry opts out he could well still re-sign with Golden State, they want him back. As always, it’s a question of money.
“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.”
Last season, DeMarcus Cousins received zero MVP votes (the same as every year of his career). Even though he averaged 24.1 points, and 12.7 rebounds a game, which was enough to get him his first All-Star berth, MVP is another thing entirely. Only players on winning teams tend to draw the attention of MVP voters.
This season, can Cousins — arguably the best center in the game — get in the conversation?
He thinks it’s more than just that, he told Kevin Ding at Bleacher Report.
The topic is the 2015-16 NBA MVP award and whether it could be reachable for DeMarcus Cousins.
“Reachable, man?” Cousins told Bleacher Report, his voice rising high. “It’s mine to grab.”
As noted above, the only way Cousins gets into the conversation — fair or not — is if the Kings are in the playoffs (at the very least). He understands that.
“It’s going to take a full team effort,” Cousins said. “I’ll try to play at a high level and bring my team along with me.”
Vlade Divac built a Kings’ team designed to start winning now — as you would expect from a team a year away from moving into a new arena they need to fill. Owner Vivek Ranadive is not about selling hope anymore, he wants to sell wins.
I think Cousins can help provide that.
I’m less sold on the cast around him being able to help.
After a bumpy season where the he fought with Suns coaches, then a summer where he and his twin Marcus felt they were blindsided by a trade, Markieff Morris has been plenty vocal about his unhappiness in Phoenix. To the point it has cost him some serious cash.
So what should we expect from Markieff Morris’ upcoming season?
Relative calm, I tell Jenna Corrado of NBCSports in this latest edition of PBT Extra previewing the NBA season.
The reasons are twofold. First, he has to realize the Suns aren’t trading him anyway (especially not while he publicly demands a trade, lowering his trade value). Second, can you imagine how new locker room leader Tyson Chandler is going to react to that? Chandler was brought in to fill a leadership void in the locker room, and you can bet he will make his displeasure at such team-disrupting antics known.
Still not sure if that’s enough to get the Suns to the playoffs.