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Report: Kevin Martin will not re-sign in Houston. Think trade.

Jun 27, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

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In all the buzz about the Rockets trading Chase Budinger to get the No. 18 pick — a move clearly a precursor to other moves — there was a lot of talk about who might get moved with a pick so Houston can move up.

It may not be now, but look for Kevin Martin to get moved. Maybe not until next trade deadline, but look at this note from Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated.

Rockets shooting guard Kevin Martin is also a possibility to be dealt. He has just one year left on his contract (worth $12.9 million) and is not looking to re-sign in Houston, according to sources close to him.

He certainly can shoot the rock — he averaged 17.1 points per game and shot 34.7 percent from three last season, and that was off from previous seasons when he shot much better — and while a team may not want to keep him at that price he has real value.

Just a name to watch as we know the Rockets are looking to make moves and shake things up.

  1. flyrocket31 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Make it happen Morey! Trade picks, martin, lowry in deals to get Howard. Sign Nash and Roy. Sig and Trade Dragic, Dalembert and Scola for Josh Smith!!!!!!

    • trickybastard - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      get Lebron while you’re at it

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      That’s not going to get it done. You’re looking to the wrong coast. Mitch has made it clear he wants to move Gasol. McHale wants Gasol. He wanted him last year. Howard and his camp made it clear he wouldn’t re-sign there. Why would you move all those assets and this pick they just swapped for a guy who will only be there until February (so that you don’t lose him for nothing)? The Lakers can use Martin and McHale lusts for Gasol.

  2. fiyeaglesfiy - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Not something that has any truth to it but something that I think can benefit all 3 teams based on speculation about all 3.

    Lakers trade Pau Gasol to Houston, Houston trades Kevin Martin and Sam Dalembert to the Lakers and Kyle Lowery, Luis Scola, and the #14 pick to the Kings, the Kings trade Cousins and the #5 pick to the Lakers and Tyreke Evans to the Rockets.

    Lakers get cap flexibility, Martin and Dalembert both have 1 year left on their deals. They must move Pau to shed cap and limit their taxes. In doing so they pick up a guy who can provide scoring off the bench and relieve Kobe of some minutes and a potential 6th man of the year candidate on the lakers (Martin), Dalembert is a salary match throw in whose expiring deal can be moved in a second trade, cousins who is a cheaper, younger replacement for pau, and draft a Harrison Barnes who can be groomed as the face of the franchise post-Kobe. The additional cap space can be used to target mo Williams, Beasley, or resign hill and sessions.

    Rockets get Pau for a similar package than they would’ve given up a year ago, a cheaper younger guard with a similar skill set to kevin Martin and still have 2 first round draft picks and more cap space to target other players via trade or free agency. With gasols presence Scola becomes expendable, they seem to be leaning towards resigning dragic as their starter at pg over Lowry, and moved out their 4 biggest contracts.

    The kings move down 9 spots in the draft and upgrade their pf and pg positions replacing 2 guys that were clashing with the organization anyway.

    • kerby720 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      There’s no way this trade is even close to even. So you’re saying this….

      Lakers get: Martin, Cousins, Dalembert, 5th pick
      Rockets get: Gasol and Evans
      Kings get: Lowry, Scola, 14th pick

      I just don’t think the Rockets and Kings get back enough for what they gave up.

    • trickybastard - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      so the Kings give away Cousins, Evan, and #5

      to get

      Lowry, Scola, and #14?

      are you a #$% idiot?

      no need to answer, I already know.

    • trickybastard - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      I had to write again because your’re such a retard. let’s review your trade for how the Kings would fair


      did you think this through? again, no need to answer. i already know

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      That’s more like it.

  3. paulhargis53 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    The Kings get fleeced in that scenario.
    The Lakers get Martin, Cousins and a Top5 pick?! You laker fans are delusional, as usual.

  4. fiyeaglesfiy - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Funny because 7 months ago, the rockets made a very similar trade (shipping out Scola, Martin, Dragic, and a first). Only difference here is replacing dragic with Lowry as the rockets are rumored to favor dragic and dalemberts expiring contract to make salaries work…plus they get Tyreke in addition. Sounds like an improvement from decembers deal.

    Kings move down but stay in the lottery and can still get a solid player, they seem to be looking to trade down as i assume the guy they like can be gotten later in the draft…they get arguably the best player in the trade to build around (Lowry) a hard working professional veteran PF (Scola) to replace two head cases that have been in the doghouse with the organization for over a year. Lowry and Scola would improve the current roster and help change the culture of that team which is in serious need of a makeover.

    Lakers get a bust who they hope they can turn around (cousins), an unproven prospect (Barnes or other) with upside, Martin as an expensive role player off the bench in the final year of his deal…seems to me they have the most at risk…the biggest advantage for this is they get younger and shed cap…the top two players in the trade land with Houston and Sacramento

  5. 49erminer4life - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Not a chance, jerry west is not the gm of the rockets or kings.

  6. fiyeaglesfiy - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Trickybastard, your moms calling you…dinners almost ready.

    • raidmagic - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Snappy comeback.

    • trickybastard - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      huh?? this about on par what i’d expect from your hairbrain trades.

      your mom also calls me, but it aint for dinner. mmmmmm dessert time

      • dexterismyhero - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

        You are a trickybastard.


      • trickybastard - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        @ dexterismyhero

        olddirtybastard is my father

  7. joshvanklomp - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Comment From Rokas
    Is Minnesota interested in Martin? If so, is it possible to acquire Beasley and do Rockets like him? If no, who would like to take Kevin in the end?

    Jonathan Feigen:
    Here’s the deal with the Timberwolves and Martin. They won’t offer much because they are pretty confident that they can get him as a free agent next summer.

  8. paulhargis53 - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    fiy: You should be called out on that scenario!

    The Lakers get everything they need out of that trade. The other 2 teams get worse.
    This is why I can’t stand the Lakers. The fans are just intolerable. I cannot wait for the next 8-10 year’s of mediocrity for this team. The fans will dumfounded. A winning sports team is not a birthright.
    I hope they suck for the next 25 years!

  9. sk1llz187 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:28 PM


  10. birdsflynorth206 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Only a Lakers fan would put a trade like that together then try to explain how it works for all teams involved

  11. mcjon22 - Jun 28, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    The Bulls should trade Deng straight up for him. One year left on deal guys are very valuable around the trade deadline, and you shed Deng’s salary for the 2013 season. Because of the age difference you might be able to get a future 1st from Houston maybe too.

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