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July 6, 2012Carl Landry might be looking for yet another NBA city to call home.
"Again," he jokes.
The New Orleans Hornets forward and former Purdue star is an unrestricted free agent.
Landry's said he's open to returning to the Hornets should the franchise seek to re-sign him, but it would appear more likely that he'll be suiting up for his fourth team since he broke into the league in 2007.
Philadelphia, Boston and hometown Milwaukee are among those reported to have shown some early interest in the 6-foot-9 forward.
Should he move again, Landry said, he'll be looking to stay.
"It hasn't been like that since my second and third year in the league. It's been a different experience," Landry said. "And I've gotten used to it. But this time around, I'd like to get a long-term deal so I can be somewhere for a while."
After being traded on draft night from the then-Seattle SuperSonics to the Houston Rockets, Landry played two-and-a-half seasons in Texas before being dealt in-season to the Sacramento Kings.
The Kings traded him to New Orleans in February of 2011.
"That's just the lifestyle in the NBA," Landry said. "You never know where you'll end up. Not even the best player, Michael Jordan, played for the same team his whole career. Shaquille O'Neal played for six teams. Tracy McGrady for six. You just never know."
It's often said that when professional players are young, their concern is largely themselves, but as they get older, their focus turns more and more to winning.
Landry said he's felt that way as his sixth year in the league approaches.
"I'm 28 now. I'm just looking to win," said Landry, a double-figure scorer each of the past five seasons. "It'd be nice to find a team that's looking for that one piece or one additional piece to help them get over the hump.
"When you're young, you're trying to establish yourself and make a name in the league and find your niche. When you're older, you've found it and want to improve it, but you want to be around an organization that's going to win and you want to be playing for something. That's where I am."
Landry believes he can be of value to a winning team.
"I'm a proven player and I think I'm going to go out and play 110 percent every night," he said. "If you need me to take a charge, I'll take a charge; if you need me to be a rebounder, I'll be a rebounder. I think I'm a pretty efficient scorer on the block and I can play the 3 and the 4. I love the game and I feel like I have a good motor, and that's hard to come by."
Landry's agent is Mark Bartelstein, who also represents former Boilermakers E'Twaun Moore, Robbie Hummel, Brian Cardinal and the recently retired Brad Miller.
Landry will be hosting his annual camp at West Lafayette High School from July 19-21. Click here for more information.
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