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Kenyon Martin has suitors but still wants more than minimum

Sep 14, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

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The phone of Kenyon Martin’s agent is ringing — teams are interested in him.

But the offers are all the same — veteran minimum. And for a veteran who played well at times for the Clippers last season (8.9 points and 6.3 rebounds a game), he doesn’t want to play for the minimum anymore.

Marc Stein of ESPN summed it up well in this tweet.

Free-agent rumble: Knicks continue to rate Kenyon Martin as vet free agent they like best but NYK, to date, haven’t sold him on vet minimum

Both the Celtics and Lakers also have reached out to K-Mart during free agency. But again, the offer is the minimum.

Martin may wait it out, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated.

… the question now is whether the 34-year-old Martin will hold out until midseason or perhaps even retire if he doesn’t get a deal and a situation to his liking. His leading competitor in this corner of the free-agent market is journeyman forward Louis Amundson, the 29-year-old who came off the bench for Indiana last season.

Somebody is going to pick him up, just watch. But either a team with some room will get desperate or he will come around to taking the minimum. And it will probably be the latter.

  1. rooney24 - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    How would holding out until midseason get him any more money? Even if he signs for a little higher value, he will have missed half the season, so it will be pro-rated. I understand we all want more money, but it sounds more like a pride thing than a money thing at this point. Veterman minimum is more than nothing.

    Go ask Latrell Sprewell how much sense it makes to turn down money because it is an insult? Granted Latrell turned down even more money ($28 million) because he had to “feed his family”, and would later go bankrupt, but the premise is still the same. Any money is more than no money. Last year’s minimum for a player with over 10 years service was over $1.35 million. Nothing to scoff at.

    • passerby23 - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      Totally agree. There comes a point when you swallow your pride and admit to yourself at your age, the vet minimum is what your market value is. A developing team is not going to commit a mid-level exception to an aging role player, while a contender does not have the cap space to pay it. A 34-year old power forward who is not a franchise-level player who wants to get paid and wants to be on a contender is asking a bit too much here. Take the veteran’s minimum and join the Knicks. It makes the most sense.

    • eventhorizon04 - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      Once you accept a 1-year deal at the veteran’s minimum, it gets harder to ask for more money after you’re a year older and a free agent again, especially since some of these teams might greatly limit his minutes.

      Clearly, he thinks he’s worth more money, and if he feels comfortable enough with his financial situation to wait it out, that’s his call.

    • jjordannba - Sep 14, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      Well I know one way holding out until the mid-season would get him more money. The Celtics have the Bi-annual Exception(BAE). Which would be 1.6 million instead of the veterans minimum. So the Celtics would have more money than most contenders at that point of mid-season and if they are still interested he would most likely sign with them

      • rooney24 - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:53 PM

        But, isn’t half a season at a value of 1.6 less than a full season at 1.35?

        I also understand horizon’s point about not likely getting more once you play for the minimum. But, is anyone ever going to pay a player his age more than the minimum, unless they are still playing extremely well?

  2. nycalldayz - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Kenyon, at some point has to be realistic about his career and options. Martin, 34yrs old, play has regressed and was always looked at as overpaid. He never played up to the level of PF’s during his career such as Duncan, Garnett, Dirk, Webber or Wallace.

    Kenyon needs to understand his worth at this point in his career. Swallow your pride and sign with a contender for the vet’s-minimum.

  3. lakerluver - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    And I want Serena Williams to………never mind, I don’t want to get banned!!

  4. paulhargis53 - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    lakerluver, you do realize Serena is a woman, right? You love big sweaty black MEN ,not women. In all honesty though, I could see how you were confused.
    It’s not suprising though that you are attracted to mannish looking women.

  5. glink123 - Sep 15, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    This dude is a cancer. He’s nothing but a punk.

  6. lakersinceyoung - Sep 15, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    @pa hargis 53 , question , do you get off bosly attacking lakerluver? Be honest ok.y continu

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