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Report: Kevin Martin to draw interest from Thunder, Bucks, Pelicans, Timberwolves, Mavericks, Pistons

Jun 30, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Martin reacts after hitting a three-point shot as Thunder fans celebrate in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game against Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City

The only players to average more points per minute on a higher effective field-goal percentage than Kevin Martin last season were LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Obviously LeBron and Durant bring much more to the table as all-around players, but as a scorer, Martin was elite.

Even as we better understand that a good scorer must produce in efficiency and volume, scoring remain an eye-catching contribution. That’s why Martin, who will become a free agent in an hour, has so many suitors.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:

If the Thunder let Martin walk, their return for James Harden would look pretty paltry. Jeremy Lamb struggled to get off the bench last season, and the Raptors outperformed expectations, making their first-round pick sent by Houston less appealing. It was used on Steven Adams, a huge project who didn’t do much at Pittsburgh last season.

Smart teams don’t let these sunk costs affect their decision-making, and the Thunder are a smart team. So, they could let Martin go if the cost gets high.

But to all the teams pursuing him, shouldn’t that indicate something if the Thunder aren’t outbidding you? Martin, who’s slightly older than Andre Iguodala, faces many of the same age concerns, though, as a jump shooter, Martin seems better positioned to remain a high-level player for longer.

  1. logisticalvoices - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Pelicans? I think it’s awesome that semi-pro teams are allowed to bid for free agents now.

    • jackntorres - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      Equally awesome that anyone is allowed to comment on the internet now.

  2. 00maltliquor - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Steven Adams is gonna be another high pick center flame out in the illustrious Seattle/OKC history books.

  3. kinggw - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Unless he gets a deal where the money is significantly better, Martin would be a fool to leave the Thunder.

  4. halfbaht - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    I like the sound of Martin in Dallas. Takes a lot of scoring responsibility off Dirk and its not like he needs the help

  5. sylpkt - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    I liked KMart. I just don’t see where he fits. The Thunder are right up against the tax line now after their draftpicks sign.
    Russ & Tabo will start in the backcourt. Jackson & Lamb in 2nd unit. Russ & Jackson to finish
    KD, Perk & Serge will start at the frontcourt. Tabo or PJIII would get the spot back up minutes KDs not in the game. Collison backs up Serge and Thabeet backs up Perk. and Perks role should be really reduced this year.

    Close games w/ Russ, Jackson, Tabo /Lamb, KD and Serge/Collison.

    all of those inefficient or poor defending guard/forwards are going to have a hard time getting MLE from good teams. the new CA effectively killed the role players.

    • neko123 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:03 AM

      Yo KMart is Kenyon Martin’s handle, not Kevin Martin. Perkins may be good in the locker room, but he’s looking worse and worse on the court. the jury is still out on Lamb. The Grizz made the Thunder look underpowered during the playoffs. Even if Westbrook is healthy, they need an upgrade at center to compete against Gasol + Randolph….

  6. sportsnut101 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Why leave okc Man did okc mess up harden trade. If Martin leaves. Sam presti u will be fired

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