According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the San Antonio Spurs have interest in 35-year old forward Kenyon Martin.
Teams interested in Kenyon Martin: Lakers, Clippers, Spurs, Knicks, Nets, source says— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 3, 2013
In 18 regular season games with the New York Knicks, Martin averaged 7.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks, and shot 60% from the field in roughly 23.9 minutes per game.
Martin is coming off the Knicks’ payroll having made $437, 470 last season. In terms of what he brings to the court, he’s still an active undersized big (6’9”) who is a decent help defender who does gamble in trying to get his hands in passing lanes. However, he can be undersized against bigger post players.
Offensively, he doesn’t have the same speed burst or jumping ability that made him a one-time All-Star with the New Jersey Nets, but he’s pretty established in running the pick-and-roll as he used to play with Jason Kidd in his prime.
Whether or not the Spurs can sign Martin would remain to be seen until the team officially signs Tiago Splitter and Manu Ginobili (presumably July 10th), and if no other team gives restricted free agent Gary Neal an offer they won’t match.
Martin, who has been to the Finals twice but has never won a championship ring, could be the type of veteran to take a substantial pay cut just to have the opportunity to play for the ring.
As the Spurs are showing they’re bringing back their entire front court that was one rebound away from winning a championship, there is an open spot in the front court since DeJuan Blair will most likely sign elsewhere.
Why? He won't come to San AAntonio face it 95% of players in the league just want to get paid nobody wants to win anymore. Any free agent that pass on the spurs are stupid in my opinion, they know coming here they'll have to take a pay cut and they won't do it. Look at Dwight Howard of all the teams looking to sign he has the best chance of winning with the Spurs, if he really wants to win sign here. These owners giving out these big contracts has messed the game up. So forget Martin he doesn't fit anyway focus on our overseas prospects (Hanga, Richards) and just develop baynes into that physical bruiser to bring the toughness that is needed.
No, not a good fit for the Spurs culture and team atmosphere. It would be like having McDyess back except a jackass.
Ok, I've become ok with resigning Manu and Splitter, even at the price we did, but Kenyon Martin is 35 years old and played in EIGHTEEN games last season?!?! If we hope to get to the Finals again we need some youth. Everyone looked gassed in games 6/7, so is Martin really who we want to add to the roster?
@spursfan80 nobody was gasses in game 6 or 7....game 6 we lose because of a coaching mistake can't blame the players because they can miss it's part of the game.
Not having Duncan on the floor at the end can be drawn into question, but hindsight is 20/20. You have to understand that in that situation Pop is telling his players to switch on EVERYTHING on the inbounds pass. That's the same thing that EVERY coach would tell his team. With that said, Duncan doesn't have the movement ability that Diaw has in the event of a switch, which happened. We have to tip our caps to Allen for hitting a very difficult shot, but I'm okay with Duncan not being in there on that play.
At any rate, in regards to Martin, well, he'd basically be filling the role that Blair had with the team. He'd come into the game in short stretches. We've all seen games where Splitter plays like he should be in the WNBA and in those games Blair has shown his value. Martin may be 35, but if asked to play 10--15 minutes per game at a high level, I think he's more than capable. Offensively, he's not going to give you much, but he's always been a solid shot blocker and help defender, which is something the Spurs lack when Duncan and/or Splitter are on the bench. Blair was NEVER a defender, at least adding a last big man like this would give the team some defense.
@duosonicman @spursfan80 You didn't see everyone catching their breath near the end of both games? Those were battles, not games and they left it all on the floor (like they should have), but I believe they just didn't have enough left to give. I agree Martin can be good, but do we want to add to the age of the team, or give it more energy? If they can get him for cheap ok, but I'd hope they can still add someone else.
@spursfan80 dont argue with the fans on this sight they blame everyone or everything else but the truth, the players we gassed and they had a to many missed opportunities. and what did they score in the overtime game in OT? even if we wanted Martin we couldnt sign him cause they gave Marco Belinelli a contract so we have another guard on the roster.