Persistant Rumors Sixers Will Not Keep Carl Landry


Apr 13, 2015; Sacramento, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center

Jordan Hill

(27) takes a shot over Sacramento Kings forward

Carl Landry

(24) during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Persistant Rumors Sixers Will Not Keep Carl Landry

Given time, the writing staff at The Sixer Sense may someday catch up to all of the personnel moves of the Philadelphia 76ers and president and general manager Sam Hinkie. The reason we are trying to catch up is that we try to bring to the article more than standard coverage of the who, the when and the what. We dig deeper, and try to match the jigsaw pieces to the Sixers puzzle as fast as Hinkie assembles them. Sometimes that assembly line falls behind.

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So imagine our consternation when we go through the elements of our the July 1st trade  with the Sacremento Kings, that we discover that players involved in that trade were themselves being traded.  First, the Sixers traded away Jason Thomson for Gerald “Crash” Wallace. The marquis element of the Kings trade was the acquisition of 2014 NBA draft eight pick Nik Stauskas to the Sixers. Beyond draft picks, the third and final element to the Sixers is eight year veteran Carl Landry.

Landry is a 6’9″ 248 pound forward who has a career average 10.9 points per game (PPG), 5.0 rebounds per game (RPG), and .8 turnovers per game (TPG).   It was clear that the incentive for the Sixers to do the deal was to obtain Stauskas, but the numbers of Landry are intriguing indeed.   When The Sixer Sense own Patrick Koebler analyzed the trade, he concluded that while not difference makers, either Thompson or Landry could provide needed depth for the Sixers behind  Noel, Okafor, or Embiid.

But Sam Hinkie is never content, and his “Let’s Make A Deal” sign is always on. So despite the fact that the Sixers are in the market for shooters, and Carl Landry has had some success at scoring in the NBA, rumors are surfacing that the Sixers may not consider Landry part of their long term plans

Right now, this is the “rumor” stage, which is easy to do with general manager Sam Hinkie, who would trade staff at The Sixer Sense if it meant getting more NBA draft picks.   And the fact is that much of the clamor right now is the crowded front court on the roster.   But youth needs time and guidance to achieve greatness.  At some point, the Sixers will need to mingle veteran leadership and savvy among the young gifted atheletes who make up so much of their roster.

I wouldn’t put too much stock in this as of yet.   Hinkie has assembled a roster for the 2015 season and barring some tweaks could surprise the NBA this year.   In 2016, the team roster becomes incredibly interesting.