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Report: Knicks sign Kenyon Martin to 10-day contract

Feb 21, 2013, 5:54 PM EDT

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Miami was interested, but the New York Knicks beat them to the man.

The New York Knicks have signed Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract, tweeted first by Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports and now confirmed by other sources. He steps into the roster spot created by the trade of Ronnie Brewer. The deal likely becomes official this weekend.

Martin brings energy and defense — he can guard on the wing or in the post and is useful against the pick-and-roll because he can easily switch. He can score, he had a respectable 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds a game off the bench with the Clippers last season.

The fact they didn’t invite him back speaks more to their concerns about him in the locker room, but with the veteran and established core of the Knicks it shouldn’t be an issue.

This is not a massive upgrade for the Knicks — if he was that good he wouldn’t have been a free agent that long — but he can be useful to them. The Knicks need to find a defensive groove before the playoffs, and Martin can be part of that.

And if it doesn’t work out, it’s a 10-day contract. (The Knicks can sign him to a second 10-day deal after this one, then they need to make it formal for the rest of the season or let him go.)

  1. 00maltliquor - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Now cut someone like Prigioni and sign Iverson and you got the Denver Nuggets old starting 5!!! I love it!!

  2. eflem80 - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Finally….perfect fit. Now just change the starting lineup to Chandler, Amare, Melo, Shump, & Felton….

  3. yousuxxors - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    maybe the pacers spanking them made them realize they need to toughen up

  4. emosnar - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    A Pacers A$$ whoopin will do that.

  5. thetooloftools - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    It’s time for him to stop being a big man with a big mouth. Shut up and ball dude.
    He should be a signed starter if he wasn’t such a 8itch to deal with.
    I hope he’s learned something.

  6. albertmn - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    So, did he finally get more than the minimum? He waited to try to get more than the minimum, then couldn’t find a full season job at the minimum, now barely gets a 10 day contract.

    • badintent - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:42 AM

      He had temporary insanity, also known as “Latrell I can’t feed my familyon $12 millon a year Sprewell disease.” Also known as hoof and mouth disease for dumb animals

  7. kavika6 - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    What a locker-room. Biggest bunch of thugs in the NBA.

    • badintent - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:40 AM

      you mean Honey Nutt Melo ? Or Garnet/Rondo ? which is it ?

  8. deeballer - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Looks like a signing to prevent the Heat from getting the guy. He’s not going to that much playing time if any at all.

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