April 28, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward Carl Landry (7) celebrates after a defensive stop against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Carl Landry to the Indiana Pacers?

The mill keeps churning along, and I can’t remember the last time that names have been popping up for an Indiana Pacers team.  But today’s name is former Purdue star, Carl Landry.  He’s coming off a season of 11 points and 6 rebounds a game, which would be ideal for the back up position of power forward here in Indy.  He’s even stated in a recent interview that he could see himself as a Pacer.

While it’s only speculation, Landry would enjoy being an Indiana Pacer.

“The Pacers have had interest in me over the last two years,” Landry said. “Could I play there? Yes. Obviously, they are a playoff team and one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. They showed that this year. And for me, Indiana is where it all started.

“Having a chance to come back and play in Indiana would definitely be something I would think about if they are interested in me. The Pacers are a good team, and if given an opportunity to play for them, I would give it all I have.”

It sounds like that Landry wants that place where he can feel comfortable living and playing in. I would compare it to when David West was looking for a team a few summers ago, and he felt like Indiana was the best place for his family to be a part of. I could see Landry wanting that same type of deal.  Now I don’t know what sort of money Landry is looking for as he opted out of a 4 million dollar a year deal in Golden State, so the price tag should be higher than that.

The Pacers might not have much money to toss at Landry to convince him to come here.  But they can show what kind of team is here, and how Landry would serve a big role on that bench.  A bench that could use someone of his caliber.  Signing Landry would make fans feel so much better about the power forward position and big men in general when you consider West, Roy Hibbert, Ian Mahinmi and add Landry to that mix.  That’s a formidable front court if there ever was one.  This is a guy that the Pacers will at least do some talking to.  Maybe those talks turn into the next Indiana Pacer.

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