According to Hoopsworld.com, the Charlotte Bobcats are trying to negotiate a sign-and-trade with New Orleans for unheralded forward Carl Landry, a move that would fortify the Bobcats' shaky front line.
Landry has also been linked to Golden State, but according to Hoopsworld, the Charlotte negotiations have helped throw a wrench into those discussions.
Landry's productivity has flown under the radar his entire career, which makes it unsurprising to see him as one of the last free agents standing this summer. But any team that acquires his services would consider itself lucky––particularly the Bobcats.
Here are a few reasons why.
Legitimate Low-Post Scoring
The Bobcats don't exactly score in bunches, but when they do, it's usually from the perimeter or the wings.
Unless you count Gerald Wallace as a power forward, the organization's closest thing to a real low-post scorer in franchise history is either Emeka Okafor or Primoz Brezec. Hint: that's not a good thing.
Landry, however, has always been able to produce when given adequate minutes. His career scoring average of 12.1 points per game is deceptively low given his sporadic playing time, but that number inflates to 17.6 points per 36 minutes of floor time.
In 2009-10, the only season he saw consistent starter's minutes, Landry scattered a 17-6 average across 80 games for the Rockets and Kings. He'd see the same kind of minutes in Charlotte, and would be eager to prove he deserves them.
Mullens and Biyombo Need a Mentor
In Byron Mullens and Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte actually boasts one of the league's highest-ceiling frontcourts. The problem is how tantalizingly untapped their potential is.
Most everybody was wise enough to delete their early 2009 mock drafts from the internet, in fear of incriminating themselves with their projection of Mullens to go No. 1 overall. Mullens was the top recruit in his class coming out of high school too, and he's still only 23 years-old––far from being over the hill.
Biyombo, meanwhile, is a Serge Ibaka-type prospect, who's a little more slender than the Thunder shot-blocker, but even longer.
Both of them lack a high motor and a reliable post game, two things that just so happen to be Landry's specialties.
If Mullens and Biyombo want to improve into legitimate NBA post players, it certainly won't be under the tutelage of Brandon Haywood and Tyrus Thomas. Landry could teach them how to be consumate professionals and potentially help them realize their ceilings.
He's Still Relatively Young
Landry is a pseudo-journeyman, having played for three teams in five years, which makes it easy to forget that he's only 28 years old.
While he may appear to be used goods on the surface, Landry still has a lot of good basketball––perhaps even his best basketball––left in him.
Unless you have the resources to amalgamate a group of superstars together (see: Heat, Miami), the best way to build a contender is piece by piece (see: Thunder, Oklahoma City). Landry could help spearhead the rebuilding process in Charlotte, teaming up with promising youngsters like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and kind-of-promising youngsters like Kemba Walker.
If Charlotte lets this team, plus one or two more high lottery picks (trust me, those are coming), there's a chance it could turn into the next OKC.
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