Signing Marcus Landry Was the Right Move by Los Angeles Lakers

By Nugesse Ghebrendrias
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

According to reports, the Los Angeles Lakers have signed Marcus Landry. Landry was a part of a strong Lakers’ Summer League team that surprised many people. Landry figures to provide much needed depth at the small forward position.

In four games for the Lakers’ Summer League team, Landry averaged 15.2 points a game while shooting 42.1 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from behind the arc. Landry’s constant hustle and ability to shoot the three were a main factor in the Lakers’ decision to sign him.

The deal agreed upon is a “small guaranteed” contract, or in other words it’s a training camp invite. If Landry ends up making the squad, the Lakers would have 14 players on their roster. However, the Lakers usually carry about 13 players, but injuries may force the Lakers to keep another player.

Landry last played in the NBA in 2009-10, a small stint with the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks. Landry has also played in Puerto Rico, Spain, China, and Venezuela.  At the age of 27, this might be Landry’s last chance to make it on a team’s roster.

If he can provide the same intangibles he showed during Summer League play, Landry will definitely find a spot on the team. With his ability to adapt well into Mike D’Antoni’s system, there shouldn’t be a problem with Landry becoming a bench player for the Lakers this upcoming season.

Nugesse Ghebrendrias is a Sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @NugasayWhat24, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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