The Los Angeles Lakers might not have found Mike D'Antoni's ideal stretch 4 this summer, but at least he'll have options.
Marcus Landry is the latest to throw his name in the hat. After averaging 15.2 points and shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc for L.A. at the Las Vegas Summer League, he did enough to convince the Lakers that he might be worth keeping around:
The former University of Wisconsin star brings a relatively high offensive ceiling and the body of a 'tweener (6'7", 225 lbs) to his new team. He'll typically leave his biggest imprint with his three-point shooting, but like his older brother Carl Landry, a six-year veteran, he understands how to use his strength to his advantage.
According to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, Landry's work for a permanent roster spot is still unfinished:
Marcus Landry's contract w/ Lakers is non-guaranteed, his agent Keith Kreiter told me. Deal is for 1 year at vet minimum ($788,000)— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) September 17, 2013
He'll join a group of roster hopefuls at L.A.'s training camp. The budget-conscious Lakers, who have less than $11 million in guaranteed contracts for the 2014-15 season, also signed forwards Elias Harris, Shawne Williams and Xavier Henry to partially/non-guaranteed deals earlier this offseason.
The 27-year-old Landry has found himself on both sides of roster competitions before.
He played 17 games for D'Antoni's New York Knicks in 2009-10 (averaging 2.6 points in 6.4 minutes per game), but has spent the last three seasons playing in the NBA Development League and internationally in Spain, China, Venezuela and Puerto Rico, via NBA.com.
If he can bolster his long-range stroke with aggressive drives to the basket and an ability to guard multiple positions—both of which he flashed in Sin City—Landry could wind up playing a bigger role than his contract suggests.