Sports Out West

Lakers sign F Marcus Landry

Julie Jacobson / Associated Press / July 11, 2013
The Los Angeles Lakers on Monday added to their bench by signing forward Marcus Landry to a non-guaranteed contract, according to general manager Mitch Kupchak.
 

If Landry, who is the younger brother of Sacramento Kings forward Carl Landry,  does indeed make the season opener roster on Oct. 29 against the Los Angeles Clippers he will earn $788,873 for the season.

The 27-year-old entered the league in 2009 as an undrafted rookie out of the University of Wisconsin playing that season with the New York Knicks under Mike D’Antoni, and the Boston Celtics in a total of 18 games averaging 2.4 points, 1.1 rebounds in 6.1 minutes per game.

In the following two years, Landry played professionally overseas in China, Spain, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and in the NBA D-League with the Reno Bighorns and Maine Red Claws. As a member of the Bighorns he played 84 games with 83 starts over two seasons (2010-11 and 2012-13) he averaged 16.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 36.0 minutes per game. Last season for the Bighorns,  Landry shot 42.8 percent from beyond the arc and won the NBA Developmental League Three Point Shootout.

He also was a member of the Lakers 2013 summer league team, where he played in all fives games of the team’s games with four starts averaging 15.2 points, 4.2 rebounds in 26.5 minutes per game.

Landry had initially leaked out his desire to join the Lakers in July via his Twitter account tweeting out:

What Landry brings to the table for Los Angeles is a forward who can stretch the floor with his three-point shooting, and if he should make the team his ability to shoot from the outside will help him fit in nicely within D’Antoni’s offense that favors stretch forwards. 

The addition of Landry now puts the Lakers with 15 players under contract. When training camp begins at the end of September, the team is expected to bring in between 16 to 20 players, which will reportedly include 2013 second-round pick Ryan Kelly, who is currently rehabbing from April foot surgery and is still without a deal.

Los Angeles in the last couple of weeks has been active in free agency by inking several players to deals which includes forward Elias Harris, guard Xavier Henry and forward Shawne Williams.

This offseason, the Lakers have also expressed interest in Sebastian Telfair, Louis Amundson, Gary Forbes, Pete Mickeal, and Nick Minnerath.

Photo Credit:  Julie Jacobson / Associated Press

 

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