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Report: Knicks considering signing Kenyon Martin

Jan 8, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

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Rasheed Wallace — at age 38 and having taken a season off from the NBA — really brought the Knicks something off the bench. Yes, there was 7.2 points a game and the threat of a big who can shoot to space the floor. But more importantly, he brought some size on defense in the paint while Tyson Chandler rested that helped.

Until ‘Sheed got injured. A foot injury has had him out for the last dozen games.

Now the Knicks are looking to get a little of what Wallace brought back may do that with Kenyon Martin, reports Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports.

Martin has been open-minded about the possibility of accepting a 10-day contract to get the opportunity to prove his value to the Knicks, sources said.

Martin is a former teammate of Carmelo Anthony, Marcus Camby and J.R. Smith, so there should be an easy transition in the locker room. Last summer Martin wanted more than a minimum deal for this season but that was all he was offered, so he has been sitting out. He has said in the past months he would take a minimum deal and now it appears even a 10-day contract.

Spears says the key is the Knicks trying to get a feel for Wallace’s return. Which is a little hazy right now.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Jan 8, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    I wouldn’t be against it.

    • beagle11 - Jan 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      I’m assuming by your 212 handle you are a fellow NYer… Wouldn’t you rather bring Jorts back? Can play a little D and stretch the floor w the 3 ball.. more similar to Sheed….Also Jorts doesn’t have lips tatted on his neck

  2. beagle11 - Jan 8, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    At his age he’s bringing youth to the team….

  3. beagle11 - Jan 8, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    He is also a former team mate of Jason Kidd

    • saint1997 - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      he has played with everyone, Ray Felton for a bit as well!!

  4. money2long - Jan 8, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    the idea of martin to the knicks was floated around in the past, and i’m still surprised he’s held out this long from being on any roster, due to contract demands. but i bet now of all times, the knicks are putting serious consideration into getting a player of kmart’s caliber on the team.

    after what transpired in the knicks-celtics game last night, the knicks could use someone like martin who plays with an edge, and who isn’t afraid to confront a dispute for his team, involved or not. to protect the star player of course, martin could step in between certain altercations and bring some enforcement. aside from what he can bring to the game of basketball, the signing would also be to make his presence felt, but in a way that let’s the opposition know ‘we not having none of that’, not to go out seeking fights.

    • badintent - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      you right, lets do this !! WE have to play the C little bitches in the playoffs, so he just the guy to talk trash in KG’s ear and get him toss like salad. ! Betteryet if we can get them miked up or a Go Pro on KG’s head attached with Krazy Glue. LOL !

  5. mungman69 - Jan 8, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Sign him now.

  6. giantboy99 - Jan 8, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Bad for the locker room

    • jimmygrahamchrisivory - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Rasheed Wallace and JR Smith were also to be considered bad for the locker room; he can’t be worse than them. Melo, Wallace, JR, Chandler, and Martin all have that same edgy pedigree and all of em are good friends .

      • saint1997 - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        i like the idea of giving the knickerbockers a bit of edge, a bit of grit

    • kavika6 - Jan 9, 2013 at 5:04 AM

      Add Rondo, Chris Paul and Cousins to Smith, Melo, Chandler, Wallace and Martin and they can start their own gang to rival the Crips and the Bloods.

  7. lakerluver - Jan 8, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    It would be a good move by the Knicks.

  8. nycalldayz - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Wouldn’t the Knicks have to cut someone? I assume Coopland, but I could be wrong.

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 10, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      No, they have a couple roster spots. And nobody is cutting Copeland, they like him.

  9. taron2in1 - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:56 PM


  10. eflem80 - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    I’ve hoping for this since last July….don’t know why it took so long.

  11. eflem80 - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    I’ve been hoping for this since last July……don’t know why it took so long.

  12. n8fite - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    might as well sign allen iverson and have a former nuggets party!! in all joking aside i think k-mart would be a good pick up for the knicks.

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