At this time of year, many playoff-bound teams look to add a veteran who can be a reliable contributor on the court as well as — if not more importantly — a sound voice of experience to his teammates.
Carl Landry stands out for those reasons. Landry is in his ninth NBA season and has gained praise from former teammates each step of the way. He has accepted his role off the Sixers bench, and even though his playing time is inconsistent, comes ready to play each night. Landry stays late after practice working on fundamental drills (think something as mundane as free throws) on his own. He also puts in extra time helping younger teammates, such as working with rookie Richaun Holmes. Landry is the highest-paid player on the Sixers roster. He has another year left on his contract worth $6.5 million, which isn’t a bank-breaking salary for a team to take on to gain veteran leadership.
Boston Celtics Officially Waive David Lee
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have waived forward/center David Lee.
“We thank David for his contributions to our organization and wish him nothing but the best in the future,” said President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge.
Lee will become an unrestricted free agent if he clears waivers (as expected). Prior to being waived, Lee was the Celtics’ highest-paid player this season since his 2015-16 salary was $15,493,680.
The veteran big man appeared in 30 contests for the Celtics this season. He averaged 7.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 15.7 minutes per game over that span.
Suns Expected to Waive DeJuan Blair
The Suns also acquire Blair, whose contract has a $2 million team option for next season, and Humphries, who is under contract for $4.6 million next season. The Suns are expected to waive Blair immediately.
VIDEO: NBA Trade Deadline Reaction
Did any move made before the NBA trade deadline make a true difference? BasketballInsiders’ Steve Kyler joins CineSport’s Noah Coslov to discuss what happened and didn’t happen on Thursday.
Did any trade-deadline deals make a true difference? Basketball Insiders’ Steve Kyler joins CineSport’s Noah Coslov to discuss what happened and didn’t happen on Thursday.[Editor’s Note: The Memphis Grizzlies received four second-round picks in the Courtney Lee deal, not first-round picks as stated in the video.]