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NBA Trade Rumors: New Orleans Is Close To Acquiring Carl Landry from Sacramento

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 13:  Carl Landry #24 of the Sacramento Kings puts up a shot over Grant Hill #33 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on February 13, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Kings defeated the Suns 113-108. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Bob EvansCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2011

It seems that the Carmelo Anthony deal has sent the rest of the NBA into a trading flurry.

After watching the Toronto Raptors acquiring little-used James Johnson from the Chicago Bulls for a first-round pick in 2011, it seems as if New Orleans is ready to make the first non-Carmelo splash of the offseason.

ESPN.com is reporting that the Hornets and Kings are close to agreeing on a deal that will send veteran power forward Carl Landry from Sacramento to New Orleans for Marcus Thornton and David Anderson. 

This deal will provide New Orleans with much needed depth behind David West at the power forward position, but it could create a problem at shooting guard for the team.

Marcus Thornton was a spark for New Orleans last season, averaging 14.5 points per game off the bench as a second-round pick.  But he has failed to live up to the same numbers in a reduced role in the 2010-2011 season.

He is only averaging 7.8 points in around 15 minutes per game, and it seems his explosive scoring abilities have fell victim to the fewer minutes per game.

The Hornets could come to regret trading the young shooting guard, but at this point in time, it seems that the additional frontcourt depth is more important to the team.

On the flip side, Marcus Thornton should step right in as first shooting guard off the bench for Tyreke Evans.  And I could potentially see a duo of Evans at the point guard and Thornton at the shooting guard being very potent for the Kings in the near future.

With Evans' passing ability and Thornton's jumper, they could be a nightmare for teams to guard in the open floor.

Landry will bring his career average of 12.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game to the Hornets.  He also has pretty good athleticism and versatility, which is something the Hornets were in desperate need of at the power forward position behind David West.

Look for this trade to be finalized some time later today after the two teams decide whether or not to include David Anderson or a $3 million trade exception as the second part of the deal.

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