The Sacramento Kings are clearly trying to re-work their roster to a more cohesive and competent composition during the 2013 NBA off-season. After letting Tyreke Evans go in a sign-and-trade, they signed veteran backup forward Carl Landry on Saturday, according to ESPN reports.
Landry played with the Golden State Warriors last season and averaged 23.2 minutes per game off of the bench. He put up 10.8 points, six rebounds and 0.4 blocks per game while shooting 54 percent from the field with the Warriors and was arguably their most reliable frontcourt option off the bench.
Landry also played two seasons with the Kings previous, playing for them in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons after being traded there in his first season and traded away in his second season.
The rap-sheet on Landry is that he is an effective offensive player off the bench who can score in a multitude of ways, which is a nice asset to bring off the bench for any team. He’s also a capable rebounder with good instincts on the board, even though he isn’t the biggest body and can’t bang in the post incredibly well.
For the Kings, this is a great signing. Sacramento has been marred by dysfunction over the past few seasons, largely because they had a lot of solid players, but no real set philosophy or roles for the players on their roster. With the new ownership and front office now in place, though, that’s likely going to change. Bringing in a player like Landry as a role player is a good sign of that happening. Though they still have a long way to go, the Kings are headed in a solid direction.