After leading their summer league team in scoring, Marcus Landry signed with the Lakers to a one-year non-guaranteed deal worth the veteran’s minimum at $788,000, according to his agent, Keith Kreiter.
Landry’s deal only secures him an appearance during the Lakers’ training camp beginning Sept 28, but he could provide needed shooting to a team that lacked it consistently last season. Landry will compete for a roster spot against Elias Harris, Xavier Henry and Shawne Williams, all whom also signed one-year deals this summer with the Lakers.
Landry averaged a team-leading 15.2 points per game on 42.1 percent shooting from the field and a 37.1 percent clip from three-point range through five summer league games for the Lakers, Landry, whose brother Carl plays for the Sacramento Kings, also played for Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni with the New York Knicks during the 2009-10 season before being traded to the Boston Celtics with guard Nate Robinson. Landry also shot 42.8% from behind the arc through 35 games with the D-League’s Reno Bighorns.
The Lakers have a league-maxiumum 15 players under contract, and originally planned to sign second-round draft pick Ryan Kelly after drafting him from Duke with the 48th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. But persisting struggles surrounding his rehab on his surgically repaired right foot left the Lakers uncertain when he’d fully recover. Kelly, who had surgery April 9, missed all of Summer League and will be reevaluated in a week to determine whether he can compete for a roster spot.
Landry had been expected as a possible candidate to fill out the Lakers’ roster. So much that he tweeted six weeks ago that the Lakers were nearing a deal with him.
— marcus landry (@Mlandry11) July 31, 2013
It’s unlikely the Lakers will have that many players for the season opener Oct. 29 against the Clippers at Staples Center. The Lakers plan to field between 18-20 players for training camp.
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