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Potential 2011 Celtics Free Agent Target: Carl Landry

Carl Landry (Photo Credit: Derick E. Hingle)

The biggest concern for the Boston Celtics entering free agency is addressing their need for big men. With Shaq now retired, Nenad Krstic going to play overseas and Glen Davis now a free agent, it’s obvious that the Celtics No. 1 goal this offseason is to pick up a power forward or center.

I have Carl Landry rated as the No. 1 unrestricted free agent power forward. This free agent class does not have many power forwards who can start for an NBA team, let alone one of the best in the NBA. With Landry being the premier power forward on the market, you can expect there to be multiple teams vying for his services.

At 6’9, 248 lbs, Landry has good size to play the power forward position and is still young at just 27.

This past season Landry had a huge drop-off in production, which could be a red flag for some teams because it was a contract year. This past season Landry played 53 games for the Sacramento Kings, starting just 16 times. He averaged 11.9 points and 4.8 rebounds with Sacramento. Landry was then traded to New Orleans where he appeared in 23 games, starting 10 times. He averaged 11.8 points and 4.1 rebounds with the Hornets.

Could He Be Big Baby 2.0?

YES! Carl Landry could very well become Big Baby 2.0. Landry like Davis is listed at 6’9, but neither are really that tall. Their height isn’t the only thing they have in common. Their stats were almost identical. This past season Davis averaged 11.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and shot 74 percent from the foul line. Landry averaged 11.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and shot 76 percent from the foul line.

If you watched any of Landry’s games this past season, you may have seen that his style of play is similar to Davis. They both can play with their back to the basket, but can also operate with the ball away from the hoop. Landry’s face up game is a bit more polished than Davis’ at this point in his career.

A One-Hit Wonder

The biggest concern surrounding Carl Landry is if he is a one-year wonder? He has played for three teams in four years and has averaged more than 12 points a game in just one season. Usually when guys are in a contract year, they put up some of their best numbers and play as if every possession is their last. Landry did play hard this season, but his numbers were far from what he is capable of. If you go back to the 2009-2010 season, when he averaged 17 points and 6 rebounds playing for the Rockets and Kings, you will see why teams wanted him. The Kings even gave up Kevin Martin for him, so the talent and potential is there.

Landry’s last contract was a two-year, $6 million deal. The fact that this past season was not eye-popping means that the Celtics, or whichever other teams are interested can get him at a relatively good price.

Will He End Up In Green?

Tough to say. The Celtics have a glaring hole at the fourth and with Jermaine O’Neal and KG set to be free agents after next season, it’s crucial that address the problem now.

Landry is a player who the Celtics could get for $3-5 million a season. If Landry could return to his 2009 form, the Celtics would have made the steal of the offseason. Landry would certainly fit in with the Celtics style of play. He can play defense, is comfortable in a half court offense and would provide them with another spark off the bench.

What’s standing in the way of Carl Landry being a Celtic is Glen Davis. If the Celtics bring back Davis, than they are not going to sign Landry. However, if some team decides to overpay for Davis, the Celtics could pursue Landry. With the uncertainty surrounding Davis, it’s impossible to determine if Landry will play for the Celtics.

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