The Boston Celtics traded for the Knicks' Nate Robinson on Thursday, shipping out Eddie House, J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker. Though he's flown under the radar, another player — a relative unknown — was traded to the Green: forward Marcus Landry.
So who is Landry? For starters, he grew up in Milwaukee with his brother, Carl Landry. Carl was also traded during Thursday’s pre-deadline spree, and with a connection to the Knicks. Carl was involved in a three-team trade that sent him to the Sacramento Kings from Houston. The centerpiece of that trade was Tracy McGrady, who was later dealt to the Big Apple.
Marcus, 24, is two years younger than Carl. The younger brother is the lesser prospect, as he went undrafted after four years at the University of Wisconsin. (Carl was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics in the second round after spending three years at Purdue.)
Marcus played with Sacramento’s summer-league team (the connections between the two brothers just keep on coming) before paying his own way to try out for the Knicks at training camp.
Landry cracked the New York roster and had recently been playing over the Knicks’ 2009 first-round draft pick, Jordan Hill, who is heading to Houston as another piece of the McGrady trade.
In 17 games, Landry is averaging 6.4 minutes per game, scoring 2.6 points and grabbing 1.1 rebounds. He has been strictly a last-man-off-the-bench player, although in Boston he might see a fair amount of time backing up Paul Pierce.
He is a restricted free agent after 2009-10, meaning the Celtics can match any offer an opposing team extends to Landry if they so choose.