Marcus Landry

Central Notes: Jennings, Ellis, Bucks

Brandon Jennings plans to return to the lineup for the Pistons on December 29th in a game against the Knicks in New York, according to Vincent Goodwill of (Twitter link), but Jennings said Wednesday that an 80% chance exists that he plays on D-League assignment first, notes Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press. Pistons coach/executive Stan Van Gundy has appeared to publicly encourage Jennings to accept a D-League assignment, which would require both Jennings and the union to consent because he has more than two years of experience, but the point guard appears willing.

“I don’t care. I just want to play, man. I just want to get out there and hoop and see where it’s at,” Jennings said, according to Ellis.

A D-League trip for Jennings would represent the fifth time this season that a veteran player and the union have given the OK to a D-League trip. That happened with three Sixers, as I noted earlier this month, and this past weekend with Jeremy Evans of the Mavericks. See more from the Central Division:

Bucks Waive Gutierrez, Landry, Powell

The Bucks have waived Jorge Gutierrez, Marcus Landry and Josh Powell, the team announced, taking the roster down to the 15-man regular season maximum. The trio had non-guaranteed contracts while the other 15 Bucks are on fully guaranteed deals, so today’s moves come as no surprise. Damien Inglis and Johnny O’Bryant, both high second-round picks from 2014, were the Bucks players with the smallest guarantees, each promised less than $1MM, but their places on the roster appear safe for now.

Gutierrez was a holdover from last season, having joined the team on a pair of 10-day contracts that led to a multiyear deal. The 26-year-old former Nets point guard dished out 11 assists against only three turnovers in about 47 minutes of preseason action, totaling 12 points along the way, but it wasn’t enough for him to stick.

Landry, 29, was attempting an NBA comeback after last having seen regular season action during 2009/10 with the Knicks and Celtics. A native of Milwaukee, the combo forward averaged 2.5 points in 10.5 minutes per game during his four preseason appearances and looked sharp in practice, according to Gery Woelfel of The Journal Times (Twitter link).

Powell was also trying to revive his NBA playing career after spending last season as a player development coach with the Rockets. The 32-year-old former Lakers power forward has appeared in only one regular season game since the 2010/11 season. He went scoreless in about 23 minutes total over four preseason games with the Bucks.

Central Notes: Thompson, Landry, Kukoc

Negotiations between the Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson aren’t as contentious as they may seem, as Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders writes in his NBA AM piece. It simply comes down to Thompson’s desire for a deal approaching the max and the Cavs’ desire to curb their tax bill, as Kyler explains. Indeed, the sides aren’t as far apart financially as it seems, a league source said to Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops last week, as Michael Scotto of SheridanHoops relays. Thompson doesn’t appear eager to take the team’s qualifying offer and push the possibility of a larger payday back to next year, but insurance policies are available that Thompson could buy if he fears he wouldn’t get the kind of deal he’d be seeking in 2016, Kyler points out. See more from around the Central Division:

  • Marcus Landry‘s new contract with the Bucks is for one year at the minimum salary and is non-guaranteed, reports Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders (Twitter link). It has limited injury protection, Pincus adds, so that would indicate that it’s an Exhibit 9 contract that would hold Milwaukee responsible for no more than $6K should Landry get hurt while playing for the team. “It’s not impossible to make [the regular season roster],’’ Landry told Gery Woelfel of The Journal Times. “Guys get traded, teams make moves. I just have to hold up my end of the deal. I’m what they like to call a gym rat and I’m going to try to be in their gym as much as I can though training camp. I’m excited for this opportunity, very excited.’’
  • Playing for the Bucks is a “dream come true” for Landry, as the Milwaukee native also told Woelfel for the same piece. Landry made it clear to agent Keith Kreiter that he he wanted to play for his hometown team, and Kreiter worked with the Bucks over several weeks to engineer a deal, Woelfel writes.
  • The Bulls have hired Toni Kukoc as a special adviser to president and COO Michael Reinsdorf, the team announced. Kukoc’s duties will be wide-ranging and include “relating to the international players on our team.” The native of Croatia joins former teammate Scottie Pippen, who holds the same title for the organization.

Bucks Sign Marcus Landry

3:27pm: The signing is official, the team announced.

3:17pm: The Bucks have decided to sign former University of Wisconsin power forward Marcus Landry, sources tell Michael Scotto of SheridanHoops (Twitter link). The move had been expected, according to Gery Woelfel of The Journal Times, who reported this morning that the one-year NBA veteran was set to work out for Milwaukee today. That audition apparently went well, as Scotto indicates that Landry has put pen to paper, though the team has yet to make a formal announcement. It’s unclear just what sort of terms are involved in the pact, though with the Bucks already carrying 15 guaranteed deals, it’s likely a minimum salary deal with a partial guarantee, at best.

It’ll be the fifth time an NBA team will have brought Landry to training camp, though he only made the regular season roster once, on his first try in 2009. The Knicks had him that year and he appeared in 17 games, averaging 2.6 points in 6.4 minutes per contest, but they shipped him to the Celtics at the deadline in a trade involving Nate Robinson. The C’s released Landry after he made just one appearance for them, and while he’s signed with the Kings, Suns and Lakers since then, he’s yet to see another opening night.

The Milwaukee native has made his mark in Spain and in the D-League as a three-point sharpshooter, and that’s a skill that the Bucks could use. Damien Inglis and Johnny O’Bryant have less than $1MM coming their way this year despite fully guaranteed salaries, so perhaps they’d be the most vulnerable to be cut if Landry proves worthy of sticking for the regular season, though that’s just my speculation based on the costs involved. The addition of Landry seemingly makes it tougher to envision Jorge Gutierrez remaining with the team after camp, since his deal is non-guaranteed.

If they keep Landry, which of the Bucks do you think should go? Leave a comment to tell us.

Bucks Likely To Sign Marcus Landry After Workout

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.

Do you think that Landry would have a realistic chance of making the regular season roster for the Bucks this year? Leave a comment to let us know.

Minor Moves: McNeal, Oriakhi, Landry

NBA teams aren’t making a whole lot of changes to their rosters these days, but plenty of recognizable names are on the move overseas and in the D-League. Here are the latest international and D-League transactions worth tracking:

  • Jerel McNeal was released by the Jazz just before the regular season began because he received a lucrative offer from China’s Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls. However, McNeal may be returning stateside, as Zhejiang is prepared to cut him, according to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.
  • Suns 2013 draftee Alex Oriakhi has landed with the Erie BayHawks in the NBA D-League, tweets Sportando contributor David Pick. The Knicks‘ affiliate now holds Oriakhi’s D-League rights, but the Suns are the only NBA team eligible to sign him.
  • Marcus Landry, who was waived by the Lakers in October, has signed in Spain with Cajasol Sevilla, the team announced today (hat tip to Sportando). Carl Landry‘s younger brother last played an NBA regular season game back in 2009/10.

International Rumors: Cook, Landry, Johnson

It’s been an active day on the international market, and for Chinese teams in particular. China has been a hub for players fresh off NBA rosters of late, and there’s news linking the country’s Chinese Basketball Association to three more NBA veterans, while a fourth appears to be headed elsewhere. Here’s the latest:

  • Six-year NBA veteran Daequan Cook has agreed to play for Budivelnyk Kyiv, a Ukrainian club, as reports (translation via Sportando). BDA Sports Management handles Cook’s representation, as our Agency Database shows.
  • Lakers training camp casualty Marcus Landry is a primary target for the Shanghai Sharks of China, who are seeking a replacement for the injured Von Wafer, according to Marc Stein of The 28-year-old Landry is the younger brother of Kings power forward Carl Landry.
  • Former Timberwolves center Chris Johnson has signed a one-year contract with the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in China, as Shams Charania of confirms. Sportando contributor David Pick first reported the deal was in the works (via Twitter). Johnson had a guaranteed minimum-salary contract with the Timberwolves, who nonetheless cut him at the end of camp. Depending on how much money the Eric Fleisher client’s new contract is worth, it could trigger set-off rights that would allow Minnesota to pay slightly less than the $916K they owe him. Multiple teams from overseas appear to have been interested in the 6’11” center from LSU, as Charania writes that he was “scouring offers” on the international market.
  • D.J. White has officially signed with China’s Sichuan Blue Whales, Sportando reports (on Twitter). Stein reported earlier this week that the Blue Whales and the Jeff Wechsler client had agreed to the deal. The Bulls cut White at the end of the preseason.

Lakers Waive Marcus Landry

The Lakers announced that they have waived forward Marcus Landry.  Los Angeles’ roster is now down to the maximum of 15 players.

Landry signed on with the Lakers in mid-September and was thought to have a decent chance at making the club with second-round pick Ryan Kelly working his way back from injury.

Landry, who turns 28 next week, appeared in 18 games in the 2009/10 season with the Knicks and Celtics.  Since then, he’s bounced between the D-League and Europe, and played with the Reno Bighorns of the D-League last season.

Terms of Landry’s deal were not disclosed at signing but it’s safe to assume that it was a non-guaranteed deal.

Lakers Sign Marcus Landry

The Lakers announced that they have officially signed forward Marcus Landry.  Terms of the deal were not revealed, but the deal is likely a non-guaranteed pact.

It was first reported in late July that Landry, the younger brother of Carl, was likely to hook on with the Lakers on a deal that would essentially boil down to a camp invite.  Landry appeared in 18 games in the 2009/10 season with the Knicks and Celtics.  Since then, he's bounced between the D-League and Europe, and played with the Reno Bighorns of the D-League last season.  

Landry may not have a guaranteed gig in L.A., but he has a good chance of making the roster thanks in large part to Ryan Kelly's foot injury.  The soon-to-be 28-year-old is represented by Keith Kreiter of Edge Sports, according to the Hoops Rumors Agency Database.

Lakers Notes: Landry, Bryant, James, Jackson

Let's round up the latest from the always-busy rumor mill in Los Angeles:

  • Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register tweets that he expects the Lakers to sign Marcus Landry, younger brother of Carl Landry, in the near future.  Ding also adds that Landry, if signed, would have a good shot to make the team.  This sounds very similar to several reports we heard in late July regarding Landry and the Lakers, but no official deal was reached.  Landry last appeared in 18 games in the 2009/10 season with the Knicks and Celtics.  He has since bounced between the D-League and Europe, and played with the Reno Bighorns of the D-League last season.
  • With second-rounder Ryan Kelly not expected to be ready for camp, Ding tweets that three of Landry, Xavier Henry, Shawne Williams and Elias Harris could make the Lakers' roster.  A chunk of Harris' deal is guaranteed, making him a good bet for a roster spot, but there’s been no confirmation of any guarantee for Henry, Williams or Landry, assuming he is signed.
  • It is hard to consider Kobe Bryant's looming presence on the Lakers as anything but a negative recruiting tool when it comes to near-future premiere free agents, writes Andy Kamenetzky of Land O'Lakers, who agrees with the notion that LeBron James, or any of the league's other elite players, would be hesitant to join Bryant in Los Angeles.  
  • Jim Buss and his father, the late Jerry Buss, knew that the Lakers couldn't keep the expensive team they showcased last year together past the 2012/13 season, tweets Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, who says this sentiment made it difficult for the team to secure Phil Jackson as coach.  Ownership knew they had to rebuild soon, Shelburne says, largely due to the extreme luxury tax situation they would face this season.  Because of this, the Lakers didn't feel right giving Jackson a two-year pact knowing the second year would be a transition year, she adds (Twitter links here).