After the jump, a roundup of what they're saying about the deal across the internet.
John Hollinger, ESPN:
The New Orleans Hornets give up a valuable young player in Thornton, but he wasn't playing and New Orleans badly needed help for its frontcourt. On that front, this was a huge success, as the Hornets' flagging bench gets a go-to scorer. Landry is absolutely perfect in this role and can destroy second-line power forwards with his combination of mid-range shooting, aggressive drives and offensive boards -- much as he did with the Houston Rockets for two seasons before his trade to the Kings.
This is also a signal that the Hornets are going the opposite way of the Utah Jazz in handling their 2012 free-agent point guard. New Orleans has aggressively moved to add veterans such as Landry, Jarrett Jack and Trevor Ariza in the hope of surrounding Paul (and West) with a championship-contending core. One presumes the Hornets will try hard to keep Landry when he's a free agent this summer; owning his Bird Rights and having a solid role for him, they should have an advantage.
Kevin Pelton, Basketball Prospectus:
While Landry and New Orleans starter David West score in very different ways-West is the master of the pick-and-pop, while Landry is more of a post scorer-they're both undersized four-men. That makes Landry a good insurance policy in case West, who can opt out out of the final season of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, heads elsewhere. But for the remainder of this season, it will be difficult for Hornets coach Monty Williams to use the two players together in the frontcourt. That kind of pairing could be a disaster at the defensive end of the floor, since neither West nor Landry is especially effective as a help defender.
Because West plays 35 minutes a night, and because New Orleans is weak in the middle behind starting center Emeka Okafor, West is sure to end up playing some five next to Landry to allow the newcomer to play the 20-25 minutes a night his play merits. Because of the defensive shortcomings, I'm not sure that's much of an upgrade on the trio of Jason Smith, Aaron Gray and DJ Mbenga. Landry will help-especially in the 13 or so minutes he'll get to play at his natural position-but not as much as a player that better fit the Hornets' needs might have done.
Zach Lowe, Sports Illustrated:
Landry is an immediate upgrade over the Smith/David Andersen pick-and-pop duo because he offers a legitimate post-up game, he attacks the rim and he can get a couple of offensive rebounds per game.
Problem: New Orleans gave up Marcus Thornton, who might have been its third-best offensive player. The Hornets need just as much help finding points from their backcourt players other than Paul (you read those names up there, right?) as they do finding it from their frontcourt players other than West. The difference between the two, at this point, appears to be that the Hornets have confidence in Landry but not in Thornton - and that Landry, an unrestricted free agent after this season, might serve as a low-cost alternative should West walk. That wouldn't please Paul considering Landry can't rebound at all on defense, but it's a reality the Hornets have to think about.
But here's the thing: Thornton can play, consistently, with New Orleans' crunch-time lineup. Landry can't. West is the power forward here, and Landry has played almost no small forward in Sacramento or Houston; he's not quick enough to defend that position. That doesn't necessarily make the trade a bad one for the Hornets, since Williams clearly lacked confidence in Thornton. It just means that the Hornets traded a guy who can float more seamlessly between various lineups for a guy who is going to be mostly a bench player.
MZURK, At the Hive:
Some might blame Monty's sporadic use of Marcus which might have made it harder for Marcus to find a groove as a volume shooter. There were even some rumors that Monty and Marcus did not get along. Others point to Marcus' inability to find his way in Monty's defensive scheme particularly early in the season. However, the most likely reason for his inability to find his groove was simply the fact that the new system was never suited for Thornton who is best in transition and fast tempo offense.
Despite Thornton showing some ability as a rebounder this year and signs of improvement on defense as the season has matured, the slowdown, milk the shot clock attack employed by Coach Williams simply did not play into Thornton's strengths on offense. Since the Hornets were frequently outscored last year when playing the faster paced style despite Thornton's surprisingly strong play, there was little chance that Monty would quicken the pace this year just to suit Thornton. Thornton, at times buried in the rotation this season behind Trevor Ariza, Marco Belinelli and Willie Green, simply had to go.
GM Dell Demps, via the Times-Pic:
"Carl is a player we have looked to acquire for a long time and we hope to be a big part of our long term success. Carl is a high character person that will add a scoring punch to our front court while providing toughness and the ability to make plays. In order to get a good player, we had to give up a good player. We wish Marcus nothing but the best because he has a bright future in front of him. We want to thank Marcus for his contributions, energy and professionalism."
Marcus Thornton, via the Times-Pic:
"I'm a local guy and from the area, but Sacramento will be a good opportunity for me. It is what it is. I'll just have to make the best of the opportunity now. The one thing I will miss are the fans. The fans are great. They were behind me every game. My family would always be there, but mostly the fans are who I'm going to miss. That's really going to be the hard part."
"[Re: Monty Williams] We never had a problem. But it really wasn't a defensive thing, because if you look at all my game, I never let anybody just kill me. I don't know what it was. But now I'm going to Sacramento. Those were his guys he brought in and you've got to respect that."
Akis Yerocostas, Sactown Royalty:
For the Kings, getting a promising young guard in Thornton for Landry is a coup in my opinion. Other rumors simply had Landry going for 1st round picks. Those picks are an unknown, while Thornton is a proven commodity that shores up one of the Kings biggest weaknesses (backcourt depth). Carl, meanwhile, was almost left out in a crowded Kings frontcourt that now features DeMarcus Cousins as the main low post option. There was also the very good possibility that Landry could've walked from Sacramento for nothing by signing with another team in the offseason. New Orleans runs that risk now, and possibly just gave up Marcus Thornton for nothing.