KINGS ACQUIRE CARL LANDRY, JOEY DORSEY AND LARRY HUGHES
KINGS ACQUIRE CARL LANDRY, JOEY DORSEY AND LARRY HUGHES IN THREE-WAY TRADE WITH HOUSTON AND NEW YORK
SACRAMENTO, CA, February 18, 2010 ---- The Sacramento Kings today acquired Carl Landry, Joey Dorsey, Larry Hughes and cash considerations in a three-way trade with the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks in exchange for Kevin Martin, Hilton Armstrong and Sergio Rodriguez, it was announced by Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie.
In a separate trade, the Kings acquired Dominic McGuire and cash considerations from the Washington Wizards in exchange for a protected 2010 second round draft pick. Additionally, Sacramento waived Kenny Thomas.
"We're really excited about the trade today and the acquisition of Carl Landry, Joey Dorsey and Larry Hughes," said Petrie. "We particularly feel that we've augmented our frontcourt with Landry's ability to score the ball inside and out and Dorsey as an interior rebounder and shot-blocker. They'll bring an additional level of toughness and productivity that will help us going forward. I want to personally thank Kevin Martin for the tremendous years of service that he gave to the Kings. I wish him the greatest success along with Hilton and Sergio."
The Kings will now be in the top four in the NBA in terms of salary cap flexibility moving forward, putting the team in an enviable position for future free agent acquisitions.
"We are so excited about adding Carl Landry to this young team. This is yet another piece of the puzzle in our quest to become a contender once again in the National Basketball Association," said Kings co-owner Joe Maloof. "We are committed to that promise."
Maloof isn't the only one singing Landry's praises. Here's what some top players and coaches have said about Landry:
"Carl Landry, to me, is the best sixth man in the game right now. If he doesn't win the Sixth Man of the Year, I'm going to be very disappointed. I feel very proud, I was able to help him and look after him. Now, I want him to be recognized for his effort. He's averaging all these points off the bench. I think he deserves more recognition. If there was a way the coaches can select somebody coming off the bench as the sixth man to make the All-Star team, I think Carl Landry deserves it. He's improving on both ends of the floor."
– Four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Dikembe Mutombo
"Carl Landry is an animal. My son Trey and I have created a database. All the stats, everything that happens in a game, we have all these searches where I can break down where people score from, when they score, what kind of game climate it is and all that stuff. Landry is right up there with the superstars. In fact, he's probably scoring at a higher percentage than some of the guys who are going to be in the All-Star game. I saw him against Andrew Bynum the other night – you know, Bynum is one of the longest players in the league – and they're throwing the ball inside to Landry and he's right in rhythm. It doesn't even faze him. He also should be considered as an All-Star. He's a special player. The NBA knows about him now."
– Former Rockets and Lakers head coach Rudy Tomjanovich
"Wow. He just keeps getting better and better every game he plays. He is undersized, but he plays so much bigger on the court."
– Marcus Camby, Portland Trail Blazers
"He is very enthusiastic and plays with an energy that really helps us. It's infectious to other guys - the way he plays, the effort he makes. That's what you love about him. The game changes when he goes in. The energy level goes up. The enthusiasm - everything about the game - changes for us because he has the quickness and explosiveness the other guys don't have.''
-- Rockets head coach Rick Adelman
Landry, a 6-9, 248-pound forward, who is currently in his third NBA season (all with Houston), is averaging 16.1 points (.547 FGs, .839 FTs) and 5.5 rebounds per game this year in 52 contests with the Rockets. He has totaled career NBA averages of 11.2 points (.569 FGs, .250 3FGs, .797 FTs) and 5.1 rebounds per game through 163 outings. Landry has appeared in 19 career playoff games, averaging 6.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. He was selected by the Seattle Sonics in the second round (31st overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft out of Purdue (Seattle traded his draft rights to Houston).
"I can't wait to see Carl Landry in a Kings home jersey on Feb. 23 against Detroit," said Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof. "Wait until he sees the warm welcome from the ARCO faithful… he's going to know he's home. I'd love to see all Kings fans join Joe and I in welcoming Carl, Joey, Larry and Dominic to ARCO Arena on Feb. 23."
Let's get loud for our new Kings on Feb. 23 and give them a special ARCO Arena welcome. Tickets for the Feb. 23 game against Detroit and all remaining Kings home games can be purchased by clicking here, calling 888-91-KINGS or visiting the ARCO Arena Box Office.