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Kings rookie guard Ray McCallum (3) mixes it up with the Warriors' Michael Eric on Monday in Las Vegas. The Kings lost 80-66.

Kings notes: Landry signs four-year deal for $26 million to return

Published: Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013 - 7:02 pm

LAS VEGAS – Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive was pleased with the team's first free-agent signing since his group took over in May.

It also helps that Ranadive knows Carl Landry well. He signed a four-year, $26 million contract Monday.

Ranadive saw Landry up close as a minority owner with the Warriors last season and spoke highly of Landry as a player and person.

"(Landry) is symbolic of the new era of the Kings – Kings 3.0," Ranadive said. "Excellence on the court, excellence off the court. To me, the power forward position is a 21st-century position. It's a big man with skills, and Carl is really the personification of everything that is good about our sport."

This is Landry's second stint with the Kings. He was acquired from Houston in a three-team trade in February 2010 and dealt to New Orleans for Marcus Thornton a year later.

Landry played under coach Michael Malone when he was an assistant with New Orleans and last season with Golden State.

"I guess it's meant to be," Landry said. "Coach Malone is one of the best coaches in the NBA, and I'm glad he's having this opportunity to become a head coach in this league. And I think he'll do an exceptional job turning this organization around."

Landry averaged 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds as a key reserve for the Warriors, who advanced to the Western Conference semifinals.

The Kings already have depth at power forward with Jason Thompson, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes.

"We're all professionals, and at the end of the day, everybody in the frontcourt is a competitor," Landry said. "We want to win and do what's best for the team.

"However many minutes Coach Malone and his staff decide to play me and whoever he puts on the floor, at the end of the day, it's all about winning."

Chatting with Oden – Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro met with free-agent center Greg Oden on Monday evening.

The first overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft, Oden has played in just 82 games because of injuries, none since the 2009-10 season. Oden (7 feet, 285 pounds) has career averages of 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.

With 14 players set to have guaranteed deals entering training camp, it's unlikely the team wants to offer another one to fill out the roster.

But Oden, or another center with length and defensive instincts, is worth looking at after the Kings allowed a league-worst 105.1 points per game last season.

Summer league – The Kings dropped to 0-2 in summer league play, falling 80-66 to the Warriors at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Second-round draft choice Ray McCallum led the Kings with 23 points and six steals. First-round pick Ben McLemore scored 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting.

McLemore is shooting 22.9 percent (8 for 35).

"I've still got to do some other things like driving to the basket, getting to the foul line and stuff like that," McLemore said. "My shot's going to fall, and when my shot falls, everyone knows my shot is falling for me."

That sentiment is shared by Malone.

"My biggest thing is I told him, 'If you're getting open shots, uncontested shots, great, do your thing,' " Malone said. "The one thing he has to start doing is not just settling for jump shots."

Follow The Bee's Jason Jones on Twitter @mr_jasonjones and read more about the team at www.sacbee.com/kings.

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