In today’s news it appears that the Hornets free-agent Carl Landry is already receiving offers, this time from Europe. The news comes from NBC Sports’ Pro Basketball Talk:
Today’s list is headed up by free agent forward Carl Landry, who has interest from Armani Jeans Milano, according to the Gazetta della Sport (via Hoopshype). With all the rumors out there Landry is the one guy who could make the jump with little problem as he is a free agent and can sign anywhere he wants without needing clearance from FIBA. Not that Landry is going to make the jump, but the report is that Milano is interested and they have some money (guess who sponsors the team, just guess).
The problem with the report is that, if you actually go and look into the news it’s just some Italian writer weighing up options for his team who in turn speculates. It would be like me saying that Dwight Howard should sign with New Orleans, it doesn’t mean he will, it just means that I think he should and makes it all the more ridiculous.
Still, the notion that Landry will draw interest from European teams seems inevitable. First and foremost he is a free-agent, so he can do whatever the hell he wants. But second, his game and his price-tag, is something that most European ball-clubs might find very attractive.
Especially for a free-agent like Landry it might be very enticing to head over to Europe for a season. The only dielemma is that if he goes over there and an NBA season starts then he misses out on not just the opportunity to play in the US, but also the money and long term deal he was after.
Any deal completed in Europe should have an opt-out clause in the event that an NBA season starts. This might be very tricky for his agent to negotiate. But, if such a European team does not want a clause in it, then Carl should just move on to anyone who is.
In Other News…
David Andersen is heading back to Europe to play with Italian club Montepaschi Siena. Andersen, who was acquired from the Toronto Raptors mid-season via trade played sparingly for the Hornets. He now heads back to the Euroleague hoping to receive a much bigger role at the same kind of price he might receive in the NBA.
It appears that former Detroit Piston DaJuan Summers will join Andersen as he signed a two-year deal with the club.
Apparently though, Andersen’s contract situation isn’t as clear as we thought, take this excerpt from Hoopsworld’s Jason Fleming.
Well, here’s the deal: there is some conflicting information out there and Andersen may have another deal on his contract. HOOPSWORLD’s data says Andersen has a non-guaranteed year left on his contract worth $2.7 million. So do a couple other online sources (Sham Sports notes the deal is only guaranteed for $185,185 if he is waived by August 15th, 2011). Draft Xpress, for example, does not have Andersen down as having a 11-12 year on his contract.
Anyway, I think that this who situation becomes immensely more difficult with the lockout going on. The Hornets cannot contact Andersen or anyone directly associated with him. So if he plays in Europe, but isn’t bought out correctly there could be some legal ramifications. For memory, Andersen had a total team option for the upcoming season which the Hornets chose not to pick up. So to me anyway, I think it’s okay. But the legality depth is still quite uncertain.