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Old 09-25-2008, 11:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Carl Landry Signs Offer Sheet with Bobcats

Originally Posted by msn.ca
Houston Rockets forward Carl Landry signed a three-year, $9-million US offer sheet with the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday.

Houston can retain the restricted free-agent by matching the offer.

"It is a shot at improvement," Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins said. "The clock starts now to see if we, indeed, get the opportunity."

Landry, 25, was extended a qualifying offer by the Rockets, but he failed to finalize a deal.

Enter the Bobcats, who have been seeking a physical presence up front to complement the likes of Emeka Okafor, Nazr Mohammed and rookie Alexis Ajinca.

"We saw an opportunity to possibly get a guy that can play both big spots, probably more so the power forward," Higgins said. "He is versatile enough to play the centre position in a pinch."

Landry averaged 8.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 16.9 minutes in 42 appearances off the bench last season, his first in the NBA.

The Purdue product was drafted in the second round (31st overall) by the Seattle SuperSonics, who promptly traded his negotiating rights to the Rockets for a second-round pick and cash considerations.

With files from the Associated Press
The Rockets have to match this offer or else this might be a big blow for them
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