Carl Landry seemingly had a few offers as a free agent in this lockout-shortened offseason, but the veteran decided to re-sign with the New Orleans Hornets. The 6-foot-9 power forward played in 23 games for the Hornets last season after being traded mid-season from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Marcus Thornton.
Landry's agreement was first reported by Jimmy Smith at the New Orleans' Times-Picayune, but ESPN's Marc Stein added some details on the contract. The one-year deal will reportedly pay Landry $9 million to be the team's only power forward, at least as far as the current roster is concerned.
Landry is just the tenth established player on the Hornets' roster following Wednesday's trade of Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers. The team invited quite a few players from the NBA Development League to fill in during training camp, but if the Hornets don't make multiple moves soon, it seems that a few of them will end up sticking.
If nothing else, Landry should be afforded plenty of opportunities to return to his Houston Rockets form, when he was seen as one of the best sixth men in the league. It seemed Landry might've had to take on a sixth-man role for the Hornets this year, too, but David West going to the Indiana Pacers earlier in free agency alleviated that situation while opening the door for Landry to return.