Marcus Landry Invited to Kings Training Camp
Marcus began last season with the New York Knicks as an undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin before being traded to the Boston Celtics. Landry was then assigned to the Celtics' NBA Development League affiliate Maine Red Claws for 13 games before being released by the Celtics in April.
This summer, Landry played four games apiece for the Indiana Pacers in the Orlando Pro Summer League and New York Knicks in the Vegas Summer League but failed to make a significant impact for either team.
When it became less convincing that Marcus would be able to secure a free agent contract to attend training camp with an NBA team this season, the same way he made it onto an NBA roster with the Knicks last year, brother Carl took to Twitter to plead Marcus' case, tweeting "THIS MESSAGE IS FOR ALL NBA GM's: One of the top Wing Free Agents is still available(Marcus Landry). Don't let a wonderful player pass u by."
While the brotherly love probably played a factor in the Kings giving Landry a chance to prove himself, he did perform admirably as a member of the Kings' 2009 Summer League team. In five games, Landry averaged 9.4 points and 3.6 rebounds while making 41 percent (10 of 24) of his 3-point attempts for Sacramento's Vegas entry. His outside shooting that summer, along with his performance in the D-League -- there was one game where he shot 8 of 10 from three-point territory -- is probably what made him most attractive to the Kings.
Landry does not have an easy road ahead of him; according to numerous reports, Landry will bring the Kings to 17 players going to training camp, including a few players he could be in direct competition with, as Joe Crawford, Luther Head, Donald Sloan and J.R. Giddens have all been invited on non-guaranteed deals, as well.