Wednesday , Feb , 23 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Kings send Landry to Hornets for Thonton

The Kings and Hornets are close to completing a trade that would send Carl Landry to New Orleans for Marcus Thornton and cash. Sam Amick of FanHouse reports that the trade call will take place on Wednesday. The Kings held Landry out of Tuesday’s game.

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This is the best explanation of Tuesday’s minor trade that saw the New Orleans Hornets ship Marcus Thornton to the Sacramento Kings for Carl Landry.

Thornton will provide relief to the Kings’ ailing backcourt because Tyreke Evans is out for three weeks, while Landry will give Monty Williams’ Hornets a low-post scorer off the bench.

Frankly, the Kings have bigger worries: like mediating the power struggle between big DeMarcus Cousins and Evans, the 2010 Rookie of the Year, and getting their stadium issues settled.

Perhaps dealing Landry is a way of opening up more minutes for Cousins. Perhaps legendary Executive Geoff Petrie knows something the rest of us do not about Thornton.

Whatever the case, the Kings are a mess. And it will take more than one insignificant trade to solve their issues.

–Oly Sandor.

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