The Bucks will work out former University of Wisconsin power forward Marcus Landry today and are expected to sign him, tweets Gery Woelfel of The Journal Times. Presumably, a deal is contingent on the audition going well, but it appears Milwaukee is already leaning toward bringing the one-year NBA veteran onto the roster. Milwaukee has 15 players with fully guaranteed deals, so it would seem that Landry would face an uphill climb to stick on the roster past the preseason if he indeed signs with the team.
Landry went undrafted in 2009 and saw his lone NBA regular season action in 2009/10 with the Knicks and Celtics. He last had a brush with the league in 2013, when the Lakers signed him for the preseason after he played on their summer league team. He’s been a mainstay in Spain over the past few seasons, having played last year for CAI Zaragoza, for whom he averaged 10.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in 23.6 minutes per game. He’s also seen action in the D-League and in China.
The native of Milwaukee has made it clear that he’s always wanted to play for the Bucks, Woelfel points out (on Twitter). The team wouldn’t appear to be bringing him aboard for developmental purposes, since he turns 30 in November and because the Bucks don’t have a one-to-one D-League affiliate, so I’d speculate that Milwaukee sees him as capable of beating out someone with a guaranteed deal and making the opening night roster. At 6’8″, he’s a proficient outside shooter, having made 36.8% of his three-pointers last season in Spain and 40.5% of his attempts from behind the arc over 98 career D-League games, and that would fill a need for a Milwaukee team that traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Pistons in June.
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