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September 24, 2008

Bobcats extend offer sheet to Rockets' Landry

0924landry The Charlotte Bobcats are extending an offer sheet to Houston Rockets big man Carl Landry, looking to address their lack of depth at power forward, an informed source told the Observer.

Restricted free agent Landry played extensive minutes for the Rockets in the second half of last season after Houston lost all-star center Yao Ming to injury.

This is the second time in the past year the Bobcats attempted to take a restricted free agent away from another team. They failed to get Cleveland big man Anderson Varejao last season.

However, the Bobcats seem to have more hope that the Rockets won't match their offer and keep Landry.

That's because  the Rockets have a multitude of big men and are believed to be close to luxury-tax territory that could add considerably to their costs.

Details of the Bobcats' offer to Landry have not been revealed.

The Bobcats' greatest area of need entering next week's training camp in Wilmington appears to be power forward. Assuming new coach Larry Brown plans to start Emeka Okafor at center, the team's first option at power forward appears to be Sean May, who missed all of last season and much of his three-year NBA career with a knee injury.

Posted by Observer Sports on September 24, 2008 at 04:38 PM | Permalink


Last season in Houston, Carl Landry dominated in his limited minutes. He's the prototypical "Wages of Wins" style player - rebounds, secures the ball, shoots efficiently, plays tough defense. This signing would be a coup of epic proportions for the Bobcats front office. Great maneuvering on their part, and nice reporting Rick!

Posted by: bobcatsden | Sep 24, 2008 5:24:00 PM

I don't know much about dude. I do know that the Bobcats are thin at PF. I hope Landry can give the Bobcats some solid minutes off the bench. I didn't think there were any roster spots open.

Posted by: Token | Sep 24, 2008 5:26:31 PM

Great Move... Hopefully Houston will not match. Now Maybe we'll keep Gerald at SF. Go Bobcats!!!

Posted by: TONY | Sep 24, 2008 5:40:27 PM

Landy was a spark off the bench last year with the Rockets and played very well. You guys will be lucky to get him if he goes to Charlotte. We'll miss him in Houston.

Posted by: Rockets | Sep 24, 2008 5:58:40 PM

this could be a good grab, Landry looked good and could push May to do better, as well as be the starting PF...

Just think of this starting line-up

PG: Felton
SG: JRich
SF: Wallace
PF: Landry
C: Mek

Posted by: Aaron | Sep 24, 2008 6:08:40 PM

I guess the Bobcats are finally accepting that drafting Sean May was a complete failure

Posted by: James | Sep 24, 2008 6:13:39 PM

Potentially, this is a great deal. Rotoworld reports it at about 3 yrs/$9 mil. As of mid-July, the Rockets were over the cap, although that was before the Artest trade, so I figure they'll have a hard time fitting Landry into their budget, even at that relatively low budget. One of the issues that burned the bridges between Landry and the Rockets was their desire for him to get some further testing done on his knee, and given our track record with May, I don't know that I'd trust our medical staff's opinion on the matter. Also, with an undersized center in Okafor, I don't know if I like our matchups against true big men who go 6'10"+ with a frontcourt measuring 6'9", 6'7", 6'7". Either way, though, this is a great effort by the FO to show they care about doing something, and Landry is a big upgrade over May or Davidson or Le Croissant or anybody else we had to play the 4.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Sep 24, 2008 7:02:11 PM

Good reporting would have given us the deadline that Houston would have to meet to keep or not keep Landry.

Posted by: dardjohn | Sep 24, 2008 7:18:55 PM

Just think of this starting line-up

PG: Felton
SG: JRich
SF: Wallace
PF: Landry
C: Mek

I am thinking of it. It would be one of the worst in the league.

Posted by: Bobcat Billy | Sep 24, 2008 7:48:57 PM

Hmm, dj...it's probably goign to be a week, just as with ALL RFAs signed to offer sheets. Just a wild guess, though.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Sep 24, 2008 10:05:19 PM

This obviously means they plan to keep Ajinca in the D-League. Let him learn the NBA game there for a year and he'll be ready to contribute. It's the first time the Bobcats went after potential rather than settle for an average player thats ready now...

Posted by: Tony Belk | Sep 24, 2008 10:35:03 PM

Charlotte has an NBA team? Who knew?

Posted by: TP | Sep 24, 2008 10:52:38 PM

The Rockets have already reported that they will match - even if they have to pay some luxury tax. Landry won't be in a Bobcat uniform.

Posted by: RocketMan | Sep 24, 2008 11:15:00 PM

Yes...there's SO much to learn from the D-League. Look at the studs it's made out of Hollins and Davidson! Ajinca is not an NBA player, has never been an NBA player, and will never BE an NBA player.

RM, do you have a source other than your vague anonymity?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Sep 25, 2008 12:05:19 AM

Procton you said: "with a frontcourt measuring 6'9", 6'7", 6'7" Who are you refering to? I would assume Emeka, Sean and Gerald, but Emeka is 6-10.

Posted by: Q? | Sep 25, 2008 1:11:55 AM

Great article -> http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/bk/bkn/6020815.html

"Rockets general manager Daryl Morey did not comment about the offer or the Rockets plans.

Morey had said since the end of last season that he would match any offer Landry received up to the value of the mid-level exception. He avoided spending that salary cap exception to keep it to retain Landry and to sign this season’s second-round pick, Joey Dorsey.

The offer sheet Landry received with the Bobcats will not prevent the Rockets from retaining Landry or signing Dorsey, but Landry’s contract would push the Rockets player payroll past the threshold that would trigger a luxury tax penalty unless they make other cost-cutting moves.

The threat of the luxury tax, however, is not expected to be the determining factor in the Rockets’ decision. They had expressed concern with Landry’s right knee, asking him to undergo more complete and invasive medical testing and potentially giving them reason to balk at matching the Bobcats’ offer.

They did, however, eventually make an offer worth roughly $5.4 million over three seasons which would indicate that the threat of paying the luxury tax might not drive the decision. The Rockets began each of the past two seasons past the tax line, though mid-season trades prevented them from having to ever pay a luxury tax.

Signing center Dikembe Mutombo, however, could be complicated by Landry’s offer, though Mutombo could choose to wait to see how the Rockets’ roster shakes out before signing."

It also goes on to say:

"While the Bobcats bet that the Rockets luxury tax issue will prevent them from matching the offer sheet, Landry’s agent Buddy Baker said that Landry would be happy to return to the Rockets should they choose to match the offer. Baker added that Landry’s knee is sound and that he will report to camp in better shape than at the start of last season when his quickness and leaping ability earned him playing time ahead of the Rockets’ anticipated schedule.

“He feels great about the Bobcats’ situation and is excited about it, but has no ill feelings at all with the Rockets,” Buddy Baker said. “Carl understands the process. Charlotte has a great young team and a Hall of Fame coach (Larry Brown). But he feels like Houston is a championship-caliber team.

“If the Rockets choose to match it, he would be equally confident and excited about playing for the Rockets. If they don’t match it, he will go to a great situation to play for an incredible coach and with an emerging team. The business part that he can control is over. We’ll see how it plays out.”"

Posted by: Yeah? | Sep 25, 2008 1:16:27 AM

The front office guys are finally reading my blog posts;) Playoffs here we come...

Posted by: BustaCat | Sep 25, 2008 8:18:43 AM

By the way, I looked up Landry's measurements from the '07 predraft camp, he's 6'7.75" and 6'8.5" with shoes on. He also tested 5th overall out of about 80 prospects. Of course, that in itself doesn't prove anything but when combined with his season last year I think it's fair to say that he is already a good PF with a decent upside as well. Here's to the Rockets deciding that Yao, Mt Mutumbo, Scola, Chuck Hayes, Joey Dorsey and Marty Leunen make them deep enough in the front court. We could use the help/insurance policy.

Posted by: BustaCat | Sep 25, 2008 8:56:03 AM

Okafor is barely 6'10" on a VERY good day. Either way, Okafor/Landry/Wallace is a TINY frontcourt.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Sep 25, 2008 9:50:24 AM

From draftexpress, the pre-draft measurements for Emeka:
Without shoes: 6'8.75"
With shoes: 6'10"
Anyone want to scan the playoff teams and see if any of their starting lineups are as small as the Cats?

Posted by: Brett | Sep 25, 2008 10:41:33 AM

In short, no. And there were only two 6'7" players total (Paul Pierce/Josh Howard.) Plus most playoff PFs are as big as Okafor, who should be our center.
Toronto: Bosh-6'10"|Bargnani-6'10"|Moon-6'8"
Orlando: Howard-6'11"|Lewis-6'10"|Turkoglu-6'10"
Denver: Camby-6'11"|K-Mart-6'9"|Anthony-6'8"
Los Angeles: Gasol-7'0"|Radmanovic-6'10"|Odom-6'10"
Dallas: Dampier-6'11"|Nowitzki-6'11"|Howard-6'7"
New Orleans: Chandler-7'1"|West-6'9"|Stojakovic-6'9"
Phoenix: O'Neal-7'1"|Stoudemire-6'10"|Hill-6'8"
Houston: Yao-7'6"|Scola-6'8"|Battier-6'8"
Utah: Okur-6'11"|Boozer-6'9"|Kirelenko-6'9"
Philly: Dalembert-6'11"|Evans-6'8"|Thaddeus Young-6'8"
Detroit: Wallace-6'10"|McDyess-6'9"|Prince-6'9"
Washington: Haywood-7'0"|Blatche-6'11"|Jamison-6'8"|
Cleveland: Ilgauskas-7'3"|Gooden-6'10"|James-6'8"
Atlanta: Horford-6'10"|Marvin Williams-6'9"|Josh Smith-6'9"
Boston: Garnett-6'11"|Perkins-6'10"|Pierce-6'6"

Posted by: Michael Procton | Sep 25, 2008 11:52:11 AM

Just think of this starting line-up

PG: Felton
SG: JRich
SF: Wallace
PF: Landry
C: Mek

Who are these people; well Landry I know, who is nothing more then a bench player. But seriously who are these people??? There isnt much to get excited about this line up! You have to have atleast one of these players in your starting line up to be excited about.
7.Chris Paul
8.Daron Williams


Posted by: Sammie | Sep 25, 2008 12:08:12 PM

Procton, Emeka is 6-10 in shoes and that is what matters. You don't play with no shoes and many players are listed as taller than they actually are because draft combine measurements have heights w/ and w/o shoes.

Also, I think May would start over Landry. So our frontcourt would be 6-10, 6-9, 6-7.

Posted by: Q? | Sep 25, 2008 2:10:21 PM

The point is moot, but whether Sean May is starting or not for the 20 games he plays this season is irrelevant.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Sep 25, 2008 3:58:03 PM

Houston matched the offer, too bad Bobcats.

Posted by: mark | Sep 25, 2008 10:16:24 PM

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