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Free agent Kenyon Martin likes Denver but likes winning more

Apr 28, 2011, 9:26 PM EDT

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Kenyon Martin is about to be a free agent at age 33. A guy who has had his big contract and is set financially (or at least should be). As a rookie he was on a Nets team that went all the way to the NBA finals and has never been that far again.

That is the recipe for a guy willing to take a big pay cut to go to a contender.

That’s what Martin told the Denver Post.

“At this point in my career, I think winning and being part of a winning team is more important than starting,” Martin said.

Martin was asked if the Nuggets could fit that role of a winning franchise.

“Winning? Yeah,” he said after the players cleaned out their lockers at Pepsi Center. “But we’ll see (about signing).”

It’s hard to say how this free agent summer is going to shake out, you would think some contenders will have interest but whether they have the room to get him under a new CBA is another question entirely. But two things you can expect with the pursuit of Martin:

1) He’s going to take a steep pay cut from the $16.5 million he made this season. He’s in his 30s with a history of knee trouble, that is not a recipe for a big payday now that Isiah Thomas is out of the league.

2) If a contender comes through with an offer anywhere in the ballpark of what the Nuggets offer, he is gone.

  1. readysethike - Apr 28, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    See u in miami

    • thestudiokida - Apr 29, 2011 at 10:23 AM

      @readysethike That was my first thought too. Even though Miami should be strong at PF next season with Bosh/Haslem they will probably continue their trend of playing a PF at Center and using LeBron as an incredibly fast & agile power forward. In that scenario Martin would be a decent small center along with Joel Anthony.

  2. bbrown2523 - Apr 29, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    It was actually his second year he made the NBA Finals, and he did make it again the following year. Do some fact checking!

    • bbrown2523 - Apr 29, 2011 at 12:35 AM


    • thestudiokida - Apr 29, 2011 at 10:19 AM

      @bbrown2523 I was about to say the same thing. I don’t normally rip on Kurt or Matt or John K for typos or small errors but this was less than ten years and involved 2 NBA Finals series… even a casual NBA fan should know better. Oh well. Anybody read any other good NBA sites?

  3. zackd2 - Apr 29, 2011 at 7:27 AM

    Some GM will give him 3yrs/33m, then owners will cry that the CBA is unfair!

  4. edmazeing1 - Apr 29, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    could use him for tonight“s game, go spurs!!!

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