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Report: Clippers will offer Kenyon Martin mini mid-level

Feb 2, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

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Kenyon Martin and the Clippers look like a marriage that could work.

Martin wants to be on a contender, the Clippers are starting to look like one but they need depth along the front line and experience (both of which Martin brings). He wants consistent minutes, he can get them in Los Angeles (the drop off after Blake Griffin and D’Andre Jordan is steep) plus he can get Chris Paul feeding him lobs. Not to mention, Martin lives in Los Angeles in the off-season.

But it’s always about the money. Even in a shortened season. The Clippers might work out there pretty well too, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.

Martin recently met with Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro and Neil Olshey, the team’s vice president of basketball operations, to gauge his interest in playing for the team, both people said.

The Clippers would be willing to offer Martin the mini mid-level exception of $2.5 million, though they haven’t made him an offer yet, one person said.

Martin cannot join a team until his team’s season ends in China. The regular season ends Feb. 15 but if his team makes the playoffs he cannot join an NBA squad until they are eliminated. Martin has already left his team and is back home in the States.

The Heat also have made an offer to Martin (although he may struggle to get steady minutes there, they have some depth at the four). The Lakers, Pacers and Spurs also have interest.

A decision could come this weekend or early next week, but for now everyone is waiting on the Chinese Basketball Association.

  1. narrabeen23 - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    I think K-Mart is the missing piece for the Clip.

    Their starters are a matchup nightmare offensively, they can go small with great effectiveness cuz of Mo, K-Mart would give them the ability to go big since Griffin has more than enough speed and agility to play SF.

    They have a lockdown perimeter defender in Caron, they have a wealth of 3-pt shooters, and they have fantastic post defense with Jordan and the possible addition of K-Mart.

    They also have the intangibles such as veteran leadership, clutch cuz of CP3 and Billups, and everyone knowing their role. And most importantly, they have a top 3 assassin in the game in CP3 that will take over a game whenever he wants/needs to.

    God this team is built to perfection, they not only have top 5 talent, but every player’s skills and abilities perfectly complement each other. The only thing that can hold them back is an injury or Vinny Del Negro, and honestly I think CP3’s leadership and will mitigates the chances of VDN F-ing this thing up.

    In case you can’t tell, I’m happier than a crack dealer working in the NYC mayor’s office. I haven’t been this excited about a team since Jordan’s Bulls. The Clippers have officially become must-see TV and I don’t give a crap if I have to stay up until 1AM to watch em!

    Laker fans, and even Heat fans, should be quaking in their boots!

  2. 420hippy - Feb 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    i thought it would b clippers…

  3. passerby23 - Feb 2, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Clippers are the best fit for Martin. Lots of playing time, makes them one of the favorites to win the West, a player tailor-made for playing alongside Chris Paul, brings extra toughness and athleticism to them, will make OK money, and gets to stay at home.

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