Landry looks better in a Hornet's Jersey

Carl Landry Does Not Fit with the Portland Trail Blazers

Well hello there everyone! It’s good to see you all again. I’ve been on vacation so that might explain my recent absence. But now that I’m back, I wanted to talk some more about Carl Landry. James broke down Landry’s recent comments about how he thinks he’d be a good fit in Portland. But I don’t see how that is a good situation for the Hornet’s forward. Time to take a deeper look. Let’s do this…

I’ve been a fan of Landry going back to his Rockets days. He’s a player that always seems to end up on my Association mode teams in any of the NBA 2k games. But I don’t get why he’d like to play for the Trail Blazers.

Landry is a pure power forward. He’s not quick enough to play as a swingman and, at 6-9, he’s too undersized to play center. The thing is Portland has that position on lockdown after the breakout season of LaMarcus Aldridge. And when Aldridge moves to center, they have Gerald Wallace to fill his spot.

Check out the Portland lineups over at Ignoring the lineups with Dante Cunningham (he was traded to the Bobcats), do you really see Landry cracking any of those top lineups? Didn’t think so. Now let’s take a look at the top Hornets’  lineups. The top two feature David West at power forward and the third has Landry.

Don’t forget that at the start of next season (whenever that is) West (assuming the Hornets resign him) may not be ready to play after his knee injury. West may also choose to sign elsewhere. In either case Landry becomes the starter and earns far more playing time than he would in Portland.

I wonder if Landry is just throwing out teams in order to create leverage for himself when the lockout ends. Regardless, if playing time is what matter to Landry then resigning with the Hornets makes the most sense.

Today, I’ll leave you with this…


Tags: Carl Landry David West Gerald Wallace LaMarcus Aldridge New Orleans Hornets Portland Trail Blazers

  • Pingback: Carl Landry Does Not Fit with the Portland Trail Blazers – Swarm and Sting | ShiftPDX

  • Mr. West

    I agree. I really think he is just trying to raise his price. If Landry left Paul and West to go play on a team like Portland where he wouldn’t get many minutes… I wouldn’t know what to think. My conspiracy side would arise and I would assume he knew something we didn’t about the Cp3 staying situation. But thats just me. If he signed somewhere like the Pacers or Milwaukee, I wouldn’t blame him that much (starting job/hometown) but Portland would be confusing to say the least to me.

  • daThRONe

    I was thinking the same thing when I read the piece. He starts here why go there and become a back-up. Maybe Landry thinks we’ll re-sign West.

  • JamesGrayson

    It is odd to me personally that Landry would talk about Portland like that. I mean, his role here would be a 30 minutes a night player, PLUS he’d eventually replace West as the starter a year or two down the road. The Blazers, as a basketball program aren’t much better than us.

    The big problem, like others have outlined before, is that he’d get virtually NO minutes riding on the bench. Add in that the Blazers cap situation prevents them from handing out big money and he’d have to take a LESSER contract for a LESSER role. It’s stupidity at its finest.

  • daThRONe

    @JamesGrayson Agreed. Just don’t get it. Portland have big money on the books next year with two guys who’s careers are in question due to injury. Maybe this is a play to raise his value. Either way if I’m ready to move on from West I won’t think twice about moving on from Landry.

  • lottoni81

    Carl Landry snubbed New Orleans and the Hornets in their last interviews. He was very unhappy. And if he prefers Pacers, Bucks and Blazers, I think Demps shouldn’t even call him to resign. He is a good player, but is low for the PF position and is far from essential. I prefer to return to D-West. We need to have players who want to play in New Orleans. What doesn’t seem to be the case with Landry.