LAS VEGAS - The Kings officially signed free agent forward Carl Landry this morning.
The Kings allowed the media to be present as Landry reviewed the deal before signing.
(That has to be part of Kings 3.0, right?)
Landry signed a four-year deal worth $26 million.
"(Landry) is symbolic of the new era of the Kings, Kings 3.0.," said majority owner Vivek Ranadive. "Excellence on the court, excellence off the court. To me, the power forward position is a 21st century position. It's a big man with skills and Carl is really the personification of everything that is good about our sport."
Landry is the first free agent to sign with the Kings under Ranadive and new general manager Pete D'Alessandro.
It's Landry's second time with the Kings. Landry averaged 14. points (.504 field goal percentage, .729 free throw percentage), 5.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and 30.4 minutes in 81 games over the 2009-10 and 10-11 seasons.
Landry was acquired in the three-team deal that sent Kevin Martin to Houston in Feb. 2010.
The new regime with the Kings made returning to Sacramento a simple decision.
"I probably would've had to give it more thought (without the changes)," Landry said. "It was definitely an easy decision, knowing that the ownership and everybody in the front office as well as coach (Michael) Malone played a part in the (decision). And knowing that the city, by playing here, knowing that the fans deserve some excitement in the city and they're behind you - they're probably the best fans in the NBA, it just made the decision really easy for me."
This is Landry's third time playing for Malone, who was an assistant in New Orleans and Golden State with Landry.
Landry averaged 10.8 points (.540 field goal percentage, .333 three point percentage, .817 free throw percentage), 6.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists, and 23.2 minutes in 81 games (two starts) for Golden State last season.