By Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Marcus Landry, one of the players that played in their summer league squad. Landry played well for the summer league squad and was expected by many to be on the Lakers roster for training camp.
Landry is a small forward who played his college ball at Wisconsin and was undrafted before being picked up by the New York Knicks. He has also spent some time playing for the Boston Celtics as well as the NBA’s D-League and internationally in China, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Spain. He has averaged 2.4 points and 1.1 rebounds throughout his career. If Landry is able to make the squad he is expected to make $788,873 for the season. His older brother Carl Landry has played in the NBA for 6 years and currently plays for the Sacramento Kings.
The Lakers are now at full capacity for the regular season but can add up to five more players for training camp. Landry has played for Mike D’Antoni when they were both with the Knicks and has a good shot to make the team with his ability to shoot from the three and is familiar with the style of play the Lakers are expected to run next year.
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By Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers officially decided to use their amnesty clause on forward Metta World Peace. World Peace was set to make $7.7 million next year and did pick up the player option he had. The Lakers are set to save about $14 million in luxury tax with amnestying World Peace. Other Lakers that could have been victims of the amnesty clause includes Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Blake. The signing of new Laker Nick Young made it easier for the Lakers to amnesty Metta and Young will be expected to take the starting small forward position.
It is a sad thing to hear that World Peace will no longer be wearing purple and gold on the court with all the memories that Laker fans will be left with. Kobe Bryant said it himself, there is no game 7 without World Peace referring to the game 7 against the Boston Celtics in 2010.
The formerly known Ron Artest, who was involved in one of the biggest sports brawls in history when he was playing for the Indiana Pacers, has definitely come a long way. He has become a fan favorite on and off the court in Los Angeles. He is a player that will always be cheered for even when wearing a different jersey. It was just a few years ago that he had a couple of confrontations with Bryant on the court but he then chose to join the Lakers and helped them win a championship.
World Peace could be playing for a number of teams next season. A team with cap space that bids for him like the Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons, and Cleveland Cavaliers, or maybe a team like the New York Knicks which has been said to have a lot of interest if Metta can clear waivers but he recently told Dave McMenamin, Lakers beat writer for ESPN that he is interested in playing in China and that was his number one priority. Whatever team he ends up with it will be difficult for Laker fans to cheer against him. There will definitely be a big standing ovation for him whenever it is that he returns to the Staples Center. He became one of those Lakers that deep inside will be a Laker for life.
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By Kevin R. Linares
July 1st is coming and the topic of where Dwight Howard will land is starting to slowly build up. There are reports from ESPN that sources say the Clippers are considering making an offer of Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe to the Lakers in a sign and trade for Dwight Howard. There was a report earlier in the week going around saying that the Lakers would not consider a sign and trade for Howard.
The Clippers are also in talks with the Boston Celtics about a trade involving Kevin Garnett for DeAndre Jordan and possibly Bledsoe but the Clippers would like to keep Bledsoe out of it. Still facing the possibility of Chris Paul walking in free agency, it would not be wise for the Clippers to trade away Bledsoe before they sign Paul.
If the Clippers were to offer Blake Griffin and Bledsoe for Dwight Howard to the Lakers should they take it? Two young and very talented stars would be great to have especially with the aging roster that the Lakers currently have. Pau Gasol could move to the center position and play along side their formal Clipper rival Griffin. The Lakers have Steve Nash but his age raises many questions. Eric Bledsoe is a young rising point guard who can learn and pick up a few things from a player like Nash.
Something that the Lakers organization definitely does not want to see is two players that should have been theirs, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, walk over to the other Los Angeles team. If the Clippers were to pull this off along with acquiring Garnett, Doc Rivers as coach and possibly signing Paul Pierce they will be a scary team. The Lakers will not be to far behind with Nash, Bledsoe, Bryant, Griffin and Gasol but they will have trouble defensively.
Although sources have said the Lakers will not consider a sign and trade for Howard should they consider a deal like this one?