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Report: Knicks, Celtics like Kenyon Martin, but money is issue

Sep 18, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT

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The Knicks are still looking to add one more backup power forward to the roster, and a lot of Knicks fans look out at the rather barren landscape of available free agents and see Kenyon Martin as the best option.

He probably is. And the Knicks fans are not alone in seeing it. But this remains simply a money issue, something MSG’s Alan Hahn said on Sulia.

Kenyon Martin is the player so many continue to link to the Knicks, but K-Mart has remained steadfast in not wanting to accept a veteran’s minimum. A few teams have Martin on their radar, including the Celtics. While K-Mart provides more toughness and size to the team, the Knicks might not want to get locked in with a volatile player.

The Knicks and Celtics would take K-Mart in a second if he would take the minimum. But Martin doesn’t want the veteran minimum and has suggested he would sit out training camp or to mid-season until a team came back to him with a respectable offer. He sounds willing to be patient. Because of that’s A. Sherrod Blakely tweeted yesterday that the Celtics are very unlikely to land K-Mart.

Other Knicks options at the four are Lou Amundson, Shawne Williams and the just-released Jordan Williams, Hahn suggests. If none of those options thrill Knicks fans, well, they shouldn’t. But that is who is out there.

  1. jjacks1122 - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    In a time where proven vets (Josh Howard, Marquis Daniels, etc) are having to workout for teams just to get a look, it doesn’t seem like K-Mart will be able to find much leverage with any team. Love the toughness and defense that he brings, but age and knees will keep teams from committing too much to him.

  2. joshm5683 - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Should be a lesson to everyone……if you ever at any point have a tat of Tila Tequila’s lips on your neck……you will end up unemployed

    I do think though from a personal stand point this is probably a good move by him. Seems like once you play for the minimum, you aren’t ever getting more than that. Especially if he was somewhat smart(big if considering his choice of tattoo) and saved up money from earlier in his career, then it might not be a bad idea to wait until a team has an injury or gets in a bind and needs a big man.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Sep 18, 2012 at 4:34 PM


      Not Tila Tequila.

      Nevertheless, one has nothing to do with the other.

  3. dreball - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    I believe that the Knicks will be able to find a adequate backup power forward, I have been watching KMart since his days in New Jersey and he has always brought his hard hat and I respect his game but he is not worth mortgaging the future to obtain him, he will not drastically change the outcome of your team Melo was on tjat Denver team with KMart and he did not change the the outcome for the Clippers or Denver. The Knicks need young members with the ability to listen and consume instructions.

  4. donivantrip - Sep 18, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    If the celtics somehow sign him, wow. Imagine how deep that team will be. They’ll be loaded on wings, guards, and bigs.

  5. jolink653 - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    At this age with the skill set he brings he’s gonna be waiting awhile for a “respectable offer”…He’d be so much better off taking the minimum for one year, working his way back into full-time playing shape and showcasing what he can do for a raise next season…That being said, I’d rather have Shawne “Extra E” Williams on the roster because of his familiarity with the team already and the role he was able to play when he was here, something he was able to fill very well…I’d even take a flyer on Birdman for the hustle and energy he brings or Lou Amundson for the solid inside, off-the-bench, presence

  6. 00maltliquor - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Give it up Method Man, you’ve already stole a gang of money in your career from the Nuggs. Just sign for minimum in NY and get it going already!

  7. 1stclassarmysgt - Sep 20, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    By all means, if he truly wants to play for the bumbling Knicks, then go ahead.

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