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Serge Ibaka says he ‘knows nothing about’ whether or not Kevin Martin will be back with the Thunder next season

Jun 9, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

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TREVISO, Italy — A rumor surfaced recently that the decision of whether or not Kevin Martin would be back with the Thunder had already been made by either the team or the player, and it originated from something that Serge Ibaka said during an interview with a foreign media outlet.

Martin replaced James Harden as the team’s sixth man in Oklahoma City, and appeared in 77 regular season games while averaging 14 points on 45 percent shooting in 27.7 minutes per game off the bench. He was in the final year of a contract that paid him close to $13 million last season, and is an unrestricted free agent.

“There will be changes, like the departure of Kevin Martin,” Ibaka said, via HoopsHype. “We have room for improvement and we have to add something to improve our play.”

Obviously, there’s plenty of room there for something like that to get lost in translation. And after speaking with Ibaka on Day 2 of adidas Eurcoamp, that certainly seemed to be the case.

“I definitely don’t know nothing about it,” Ibaka told confidently, in English through his usually thick accent. “I’m a player like him, so we just go play. That’s the kind of question you need to ask the (general) manager.”

Ibaka went on to say he liked playing with Martin, and would welcome him back if the Thunder are willing and able to re-sign him this summer.

“He’s a good guy,” Ibaka said. “He was a good fit for us.”

  1. phillyphil005 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Way too soft on both ends of the floor for my taste…I believe OKC feels the same way, no matter the price he wants to come back for.

    The numbers looked decent, but he wasn’t anywhere close to what Harden was for this team.

    • erckle31 - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:25 AM

      They should go after Jarrett Jack if they want to replace a fraction of what Harden could contribute. Plus he’d probably cost less than what martin made this year.

  2. patfic15 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Presti will likely out think himself once again. You don’t blow up a team like that. Started with the Perkins acquisition.

  3. bkallday52 - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    worst mistake okc made was getting extending ibaka and NOT harden …because now they ended up with a OLDER 6th man in Kevin Martin who is no where near the playmaker harden was.If Kevin Martin doesnt resign who will be their offensive off there already weak bench??? ….. Ibaka is overpayed anyway… all he can do is block shots … No post game what so ever and now he has this habit of shooting 3’s just like chris bosh lol … if the memphis series didnt expose him then idk what will lol … once OKC gets a post player thats affective for ex – Al Jefferson then you can say they can win a title .. until then there jus another good time … Unfortunately

  4. bkallday52 - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    team **

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