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Lakers, Clippers, Heat among teams in Kenyon Martin chase

Feb 1, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

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In a few weeks, the Chinese Basketball Association season will come to an end and a few quality free agents — Kenyon Martin, Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith — will alter the balance of power in the NBA.

Martin (who left his team and is stateside but cannot sign until the season ends over there) has narrowed down his list, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

Kenyon Martin is expected to decide by this weekend which NBA team he’ll join, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks have expressed interest in signing the veteran forward.

Basically a lot of teams that fancy themselves contenders. And the Knicks. By the end of the week Martin will have met with six of those squads. He wants to be on a team where he gets consistent run and a team that has a shot at a ring.

Martin comes in and instantly adds quality front line depth — he averaged 8.6 points shooting 51 percent plus grabbed 6.2 rebounds per game last season. At age 34 he is not a dominant force anymore but is a quality big you can bring in off the bench — and every team on that list could use him. And becomes a lot better with him.

Martin lives and is currently working out in Los Angeles.

  1. gpatrick15 - Feb 1, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Lakers, Clippers, or Heat? For once, the Lakers might come in last place acquiring a free agent. The Heat have the best chance to win a title among the three. The clippers will be more fun to play with. The Lakers championship window is only open just a tad bit. He’ll be a backup, regardless of which team he picks among the three listed.

  2. therealhtj - Feb 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    If Martin has anything left, it may make the Lakers dealing of Pau+Bynum for D12 a little more palatable. Josh McRoberts as your starting 4 with Kobe and D12 still doesn’t sound like a recipe for beating any of the championship contenders this year.

    If the Lakers go after any of the free agents coming out of China, it ought to be Aaron Brooks. Don’t know if they have enough to entice him money-wise (they can only offer him Vet’s minimum), but it’s a guaranteed starting spot for him.

    • tcclark - Feb 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      With that bench, they could use ALL of the players coming out of China

  3. tcclark - Feb 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    The Lakers make the most sense for him. He can sub in for either Bynum or Gasol since they can both play the 5 spot.
    With the Clippers he’ll really only play when Blake isn’t on the floor since together they would be quite small and lacking defensively.
    In Miami he’d play third fiddle behind Bosh and Haslem.
    All the hawks have are undersized 4’s with Smith and Williams so he would be pointless.
    The Spurs make some sense because they have some guys that can play the 5 spot.
    He wants to win a championship so the Knicks are out.
    The Lakers will provide him quality minutes and a chance at a ring.

    …and i’m not a Lakers fan

  4. miamatt - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    He’d look great in a Miami uniform, but indeed, minutes could be an issue. Miami does play small a good bit of the time with Haslem or Bosh at the 5; Martin would likely have to eat into Joel Anthony or Udonis Haslem’s minutes to see the floor. It’s possible, but he would have to be willing to come in and earn his way into the rotation. He’s kind of a Haslem double at this point in his career, but Miami has a hostory of using undersized, try-hard bigs. Hmmmmmmmmmm…

  5. 00maltliquor - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    I don’t see him getting consistent burn on any of those teams besides maybe the Hawks and Spurs. Lakers would be the best fit plus he lives there apparently and would get the most PT outside those last two afforementioned teams.
    Either way he’d only be a 20 min +/- guy off the bench for any of those teams he’s considering. Miami, outside of ring chasing, makes zero sense. You got Bosh and the best bench player Haslem already in place. Niether of them, including Martin should be slided over to the 5 spot so it’s redundent as hell. Where would the minutes come from?

  6. cantonbound13 - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    I’d rather have Wilson Chandler.

    • mlblogsbig3bosox - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      Yeah, because Wilson Chandler will take the vet’s minimum..

  7. thatstinks - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    He needs to play for the Hawks . Really needs to play for the Hawks . Yeah the Hawks need size with Horford out but man how cool would it be to see him out there with Tracy McGrady , Jerry Stackhouse , Jason Collins , and Jannero Pargo . It would be like watching the senior tour in golf . Put all five out there at once . We can talk about stone washed jeans and Melrose Place .

  8. nightrain42 - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Sign Kmart, then we can do the DH trade….or the DWill trade.

  9. ihavenonickname - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    lakers priority list should be: brooks, chandler, jr smith, and then KMart

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