Curry on Jack & Landry: 'I want them back'
Jarrett Jack is an unrestricted free agent, while Carl Landry has a $4 million dollar player option. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
OAKLAND -- A day after the Warriors were eliminated from the NBA playoffs, guard Stephen Curry made thing one thing very clear: he wants the band back together next season.
That means, specifically, he'd like to see the return of Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry.
"I want them back," Curry said. "They're great teammates. They've added a lot to us as a team and what we're trying to do."
Jack, who finished third in the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year voting, figures to draw a lot of interest as a free agent after averaging 12.9 points and 5.6 assists off the bench for the Warriors, but hasn't written off a return to Golden State.
"I would love to stay," Jack said. "There are other things that go into making that happen or come to fruition that I can't control or anybody else, but I would love to if that was the case."
After averaging 12.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in 41 games for New Orleans last season, Landry signed with Golden State as a free agent for an assumed $8 million with the second year of the deal being a player option for $4 million. He appeared in 81 games with a pair of starts during the regular season and finished as the team's fifth-leading scorer (10.8 ppg) and third-leading rebounder (6.0 rpg).
Landry's numbers were about on par with those over his career, but as a significant contributor on a playoff team, he'll likely fetch more than he did following his 2011-12 season with the Hornets.
"Right now, I'm just going to try and clear my head and not worry about what's ahead of me," Landry said. "Sit down with the coaches and my mom, my family and my agent and see what's the best for me in the future."
If either of them seem more likely to return to Golden State at a discounted rate, it figures to be Jack, who has played for five teams in eight NBA seasons.
After being eliminated on Thursday, Jack got somewhat emotional in the locker room.
"As soon as I walked in the locker room, I looked down at my jersey and there just is a sense of pride that I have wearing it that I haven't had as a professional," he said. "Most of the time in college you go somewhere because you love it and there's a connection there that's deeper than basketball.
"I guess in the NBA since it's such a business you usually don't get that unless you're one of those guys, one of the lucky few, that get to stay with one franchise for a long period of time."
That's Curry's selling point to Jack.
"I've dropped lines to Jack all along the way that this is the place for him," Curry said. "He bounced around a lot for him to hopefully find a home here for the foreseeable future would be huge and I know he wants to be part of a winning team and I think we have that here now."
With both players seemingly open to a return, the reality of that being possible will -- as it usually does -- come down to money.
Assuming Brandon Rush ($4 million) and Richard Jefferson ($11 million) invoke their player options for next year -- which they will -- Golden State, without Jack or Landry, will be on the hook for just shy of $72 million in salary for the 2013-14 season.
That figure means the franchise will be above the luxury tax line for the first time, something general manager Bob Myers predicted would be the case at the trade deadline, when he shipped out Charles Jenkins and Jeremy Tyler to avoid that classification this year. Those moves staved off falling into the repeater category for next season, which would have resulted in even stiffer tax rates.
Warriors center Andrew Bogut candidly addressed the Jack and Landry's situations Friday.
"In an ideal world, it's very important (to bring them back), but being a realist we probably can't keep both of them," Bogut said. "I don't think we'll have cap room to keep both, even though we'd like to.
"They're going to both demand some pretty good money."
The team will also be weary of signing them up long term due to how it could impact its ability to be a player in the free agent market in the summer of 2014, when Jefferson, Bogut ($14 million) and Andris Biedrins' ($9 million) contracts are off the books. The only players under contract after next season are Curry, David Lee, Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green.
Myers will hold his year-end press conference on Monday.