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Kenyon Martin wants back in NBA — for mini mid-level

Oct 31, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

Kenyon Martin AP

Under the new CBA, a lot of quality veterans who were used to getting a few million to play have had to sign for less than they thought they were worth, taking veteran minimum deals.

Kenyon Martin wouldn’t play that game, he wanted to get paid. Now Martin isn’t playing any game — no team picked him up.

But Martin is sticking to his principles, as he told Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com.

The mini mid-level — the mid-level tax paying teams can give out — is about $3 million.

Good for Martin… except there aren’t really a lot of contending teams either with the mini mid-level left or winning to spend it.

So who has about 3 million a year left they can spend? The Lakers do but they are so far over the tax line they are not looking to spend it. Oklahoma City does but again we’ve seen they are not looking to add their spending. Also the Nuggets do, if you consider them a contender. Boston and Miami used their mini mid-levels, as did the Clippers, Knicks, Nets, and the Spurs used all but $500K of theirs.

So good luck Kevin. I love that you’re sticking to your principles.

  1. mazblast - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    If one of Stern’s favored teams needed Martin, there would suddenly be an exception that they’d use.

  2. jkrall920 - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    winning to spend it? good luck Kevin? FAIL!!!

    • aht66 - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:04 PM

      Big Time FAIL!!

  3. goraidersgospurs - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Hopefully the spurs offer him a deal & hopefully he wise up & accept what they offer!!!

  4. rickyspanish - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    I’d love to see you say that last sentence to Martin’s face, Helin. Way to join the ranks of the Internet tough guy.

  5. jerrysshadescleaner - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Nets or Heat, they seem to have endless benches and always just enough for some small salary add on

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    He just needs to settle for vet min and come to New York.

  7. rocirius - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    The Clippers should have re-signed him instead of inexplicably signing Lamar Odom. I agree with the previous poster that he’d be good for San Antonio, especially if they get rid of Blair. Two other really good teams that could improve with him are Memphis and Indiana. I also think he’d be a great pickup for Minnesota, Golden State, Dallas, Toronto or Atlanta if they want to improve their playoff chances.

    I’d really like to see Charlotte jettison their mediocre-to-bad players and sign a slew of veteran cast-offs like T-Mac, AI, K-Mart and Arenas to low risk contracts. They might be fun to watch and still be bad enough to get high lottery picks.

    • nbascreed - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      Agreed. I’m not really sure what Odom is outside of a Laker uniform. Even as a Laker in his 6th MOY season I was less high on him than others. The guy has just always seemed like a coaster who was happy his talent was superior enough to place him in the NBA. At least with K-Mart you know you’re getting a bruiser who is going to bang down low with ALL COMERS! That would seem to me much more of a premium than what Odom may or may not bring.

  8. eugenesaxe - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Mini-Sprewell? K-Mart got kids to feed?

  9. knowledge671 - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    i thought his name was Kenyon?

  10. dls612 - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    While he’s sticking to his principles he’ll be sitting at home! Its not like contending teams need him to them get over the hump! He earned quite a bit over his NBA career and knocking on the door of retirement and he has the nerve to give contending teams conditions! Winning a ring can’t be that important because his greed is standing in his way!

  11. badintent - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Yoyo, Kev, the plane leaves in 50 minutes.Non-stop to Shanghia. You want #1 Dumpling or # 2 ? You want Lucy Lu lookalike ? For Mile High Club ? You make big $$$, put in Macau Bank, no tax for you.You block Starbury and T-Mac. You big star, get many spicy duck, drink bubble tea, have giant concubine.You sign on line , stupid mother.

  12. razorblade42069 - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    K-Mart is a “bruiser down low” and an asset on the court. But Off the court his ego knows no bounds, an ego that surpasses anyone in the league. An ego that believes he’s better and more valuable then he truly is. Add to that delusional ego an incredibly negative attitude with a constant chip on his shoulder, and you get a cancer to the chemistry of any team. It’s no wonder no team or star players with clout wants an unlikeable K-Mart on their bench, at their practices, on their plane rides home, etc. etc. etc.

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