Carl Landry, Clippers In Serious Talks

The Clippers and unrestricted free agent Carl Landry are engaged in "serious contract talks," reports's Marc Stein (via Twitter). We heard yesterday that Landry was set to meet with Doc Rivers and the Clips last night.

According to Stein, the Clippers are "optimistic" that they'll be able to sign Landry, but it remains to be seen whether it will cost them their whole mid-level exception. Landry turned down a $4MM player option with the Warriors, so he'll presumably be looking to at least match that salary, if not exceed it.

Even after agreeing to acquire Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick, Los Angeles has the flexibility to use the full non-taxpayer MLE, which starts at $5.15MM. However, the team would also like to bring back Matt Barnes, and can only offer him a first-year salary of up to $1.48MM without dipping into the mid-level.

I would guess L.A.'s preferred outcome would be to sign Landry using the MLE and Barnes using his non-Bird rights, but if Barnes pushes for a higher salary, the team may be forced to choose between the two players. It's not clear what the Clippers would decide in that scenario, though it remains hypothetical for now.

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