NBA Roundtable

Kings Trade C.Landry for M.Thornton

In Trade Talk on February 24, 2011 at 6:51 am

ESPN reports

The Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Hornets finalized a deal that will send forward Carl Landry to New Orleans in exchange for guard Marcus Thornton and cash considerations.

The move gives the playoff-contending Hornets depth in the frontcourt, but at the cost of a popular former LSU star who can score in a flurry.

“This is a trade that benefits both teams as Carl is a player we have looked to acquire for a long time and we hope to be a big part of our long term success,” Hornets GM Dell Demps said in a statement Wednesday. “Carl is a high character person that will add a scoring punch to our front court while providing toughness and the ability to make plays. In order to get a good player, we had to give up a good player.”

The 6-foot-4 Thornton is averaging 7.8 points in 16.2 minutes per game in his second NBA season.

“He brings a scorer’s mentality to our team and will certainly add an offensive threat to the backcourt with his ability to shoot from the perimeter,” Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie said. “I think he’ll improve the look of our team offensively and we’re really excited about having him in Sacramento.”

Good trade for both sides.

The Hornets have added a top sixth man in Carl Landry. A player who can add real quality to their bench and give them a go-to guy to run their offense through while Chris Paul and David West rests.

Previously, the Hornets had one of the weakest supporting casts in the NBA but this move will help them solidify their corps. If Jarrett Jack can get his act together, New Orleans would have two very strong reserves to build their bench around.

As for the Kings, Carl Landry was horrid fit in their offense due to his inability to play alongside Tyreke Evans + their options at center. His lack of shooting range hurt floor spacing and cost the Kings offensively. Removing him from the roster is addition by subtraction.Furthermore, the Kings had no interest in paying Carl Landry this summer so picking up a quality asset for him is good business.

Marcus Thornton will give the Kings more firepower in the backcourt. I am not sure how they plan on using him because they’ve used Tyreke Evans almost solely at the two this season so … will (1)  Marcus Thornton’s playing time be limited to 12mpg behind Evans? (2) will Evans switch to SF when he enters? (3) or will Sacramento move Tyreke back to the point and start Marcus Thornton at the two?

Anyway, it’s not quite clear yet but Thornton is a useful player and he’ll help the Kings more than a soon to depart Carl Landry would have. Good trade.

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