In an attempt to bolster the frontcourt in the days leading up to training camp, the Bobcats have signed Houston Rockets restricted free agent Carl Landry to a 3 year, $9 million dollar offer sheet. Here are some links:
- First, Bonnell’s quick blog post on the move from Wednesday afternoon.
- A proper article from the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen.
- And a blog entry from Feigen, in which he hedges a bit, but ultimately predicts that the Rockets will match the offer.
- In case you forgot, Landry was one of David Thorpe’s favorite rookies last year, ending the season #5 on his Rookie Watch rankings. (ESPN.com Insider access required).
Essentially, Landry is an undersized power forward who slipped in the draft because of a perceived lack of “upside” (for example, take a look at his old NBADraft.net profile page). He is a tenacious, smart player who rebounds well and shoots a high percentage (sounds like a Larry Brown kind of guy, right?). He started getting meaningful playing time midway through the season and really stepped up when Yao Ming went down, eventually playing a key role in the Rockets big 22-game winning streak. He turned down the Rockets initial offer of 3 years, 5.4 million this summer, and there has been concern on the team’s side about the condition of his right knee.
Will the Rockets match and risk going into luxury tax territory? Could this evolve into a sign-and-trade? Perhaps most worrisome for Bobcats fans, what does this say about the team’s confidence in Sean May and his knees?