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Report: Timberwolves to sign Kevin Martin to four-year, $28 million deal

Jul 2, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

Kevin MArtin

The Timberwolves shot 30.5 percent on 3-pointers last season, dead last in the league. The difference between Minnesota and the 29th-place Magic was great than the difference between the third-best 3-point shooting team and the 21st-best 3-point shooting team.

Not only did the Timberwolves need someone capable of making shots from beyond the arc, they needed a shooting guard so point guard Luke Ridnour could stop masquerading as an off guard.

Enter Kevin Martin.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

I’m a little surprised Martin didn’t shop around for a better offer, but at least this deal will make him a starter after spending a season as Oklahoma City’s sixth man. Plus, if he waited to take the offer, it might not have remained available.

The Timberwolves will almost certainly have to renounce Andrei Kirilenko (who might make sense to the Spurs for the mid-level exception) to sign Martin. There’s no guarantee Minnesota would have done that if it had to wait for Martin.

Martin is 30, which would make him considerably less desirable to non-contending teams. Contenders might also worry about his underwhelming postseason. With this deal, Martin is locked in and longer has to worry about those issues. (He can’t sign until July 10, but these deals are all but official).

Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio and now Chase Budinger and Martin give the Timberwolves have a promising lineup capable of making the playoffs next season – as long as they lock up restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic. Other players like Derrick Williams, Luke Ridnour and Jose Barea could be quality backups or useful trade chips.

The Thunder, who lose Martin, are starting from a much higher point than Minnesota, but the loss of Martin stings. They’ll need another bench scorer, and perhaps they turn to Dorell Wright. He’d likely be a downgrade, but it’s a continuation of the process Oklahoma City began when trading James Harden for Martin – sacrificing production in the name of saving money.

  1. dirtydrew - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    And nobody cares.

    • lunds007 - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      I care! And the West better care! T-Wolves will be a 4 seed or better come playoff time if this team can escape major injuries. Team is deep, and anything they get out of those two first rounders this year will be a bonus!!

      • pistolpete0903 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        Dunno why people are sleeping on the Wolves.
        They have a legit superstar in Love and pieces around him. Throw in a more-than-capable coach in Adelman and Minnesota is going to be a tough out.
        However, Derrick Williams has to step up a notch. Also, they need a good big guy to back up Nikola.
        And a better trainer/luck of the health god!!!!

      • knodtl1 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        @pistoppete0903 They got Dieng, that’s not a bad backup for defensive purposes.

  2. illz254 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    I do not understand how this guy continues to get paid. He sucks. Scores meaningless points. Garbage points.

  3. homegrowntalentmn - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Perfect fit! But that’s a lot of money.

  4. eboneseagles - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Breaking: Thunder trade top 10 player in the league James Harden for Jeremy Lamb, Steven Adams and one year of Kevin Martin. Thunder looking dumb right now.

    • housport22 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      All the Thunder have left to show from the Harden trade is Lamb. If I was an Okc fan, I’d be pissed.

      • anhdazman - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        Actually, did you see who OKC drafted with Houston’s pick? Hahahaha! They’re headed down the wrong direction now….

  5. arejaye57 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    I like it.

  6. money2long - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    nobody dare mention the skin pigment conspiracy with this one !

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      Well, if they have to worry about affirmative action, might as well sign the brother with skin as light as 90’s Michael Jackson. I mentioned it……….couldn’t help it.

  7. wjmoffatt - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    People need to get some things straight before calling the Thunder stupid!
    1.) They offered James Harden a deal, a deal that was a few million short of what Houston offered him. So the man had no intentions of staying in OKC no matter what, so anything is better than nothing.
    2.) They now have $16million in cap space available from Harden not being on the team, they have yet to use that money yet. Basically in the same case as in Football for Revis, in a trade you don’t look at the players for player or picks, you look at the entire picture meaning cap space too. So whatever they do with that extra $13 million in the future, then we can examine the trade.
    3.) Harden is not, I repeat is not a top ten player! Lets go over a list of players that are for sure better than him: Lebron, KD, Westbrook (hence they choose him), CP3, Bryant, Parker, Melo, Dwight, Wade, Parker. Then there is a list I believer are better: Hibbert, Paul George, Rondo, Rose, Kyrie, Gasol (Marc).

    • jrebar88 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      I bet they wouldve had more success if Harden was on the team last season

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      I agree with your points and overall analysis.

      My only point of exception is with Melo.

      Melo is way overrated. He is good, but when one looks at his stats, he’s a volume scorer. His true shooting percentage places him at 199th place all time on the list right now in the NBA (Nash is 13th, Dwight Howard is 17th, Kevin Martin is 20th, Durant is 25th, Manu Ginobili is 30th, Ray Allen is 48th, Michael Jordan is 73rd, Larry Bird is 90th, Kobe is 130th).

      I know Harden and Melo play different positions, but since Harden is so much younger, I’d take Harden over Melo right now going forward. Harden has fewer turnovers per 36 min’s, more assists (to be expected), fewer rebounds than Melo again to be expected.

      Harden is a better free throw shooter and a much better 3 pt shooter. Melo has him by a bit on 2 pt field goals but Harden will improve yet as he’s so young and Melo will eventually go down as he continues to age.

    • eboneseagles - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      Regardless of who they use the 16 million of cap space on, it’s a fact he won’t be as good as Harden.

    • edwardc81 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      You you serious right now I’ll give you rondo and rose buse seriously this dude took more ft’s than anybody else in the league and he’s been doing it for 3 years unlike the others in that bottom tier that’s just have done it for one year.

    • kolipito - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      Harden is really good and you pose a good debate but me I would take harden over wade, parker,dwight, kobe (age) hibbert, kyrie marc gasol and westbrook…you also listed parker 2x in your top 10 westbrook would be better as a 2 if he played for a team that didn’t have Durant he would be looked at like montae ellis and I see know list of him on your top 10

    • JHathwell - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      I know it hurts, but perhaps you should take a step back and reconsider this post.

    • tcclark - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:57 PM

      2 Parkers? I’m guessing one is Tony Parker, but I’m going to have to speculate on the second one…. Hmmm. Anthony Parker? Jabari Parker? Sarah Jessica Parker? Eva Longoria Parker? No it can’t be that one. Trey Parker? Parker Lewis? Parker Brothers? Peter Parker? Bonnie Parker?

      Anthony Parker and Jabari parker are the only other basketball players, but it’s pretty inconceivable that you would think either one of them is better than James Harden or Derrick Rose. Bonnie Parker was one half of Bonnie and Clyde so she probably gets a lot of steals *wink* *wink*, but she’s also dead so there’s that. Trey parker showed great shooting technique in Baseketball and you never exactly articulated what the top ten was for so that’s a possibility. Out of the rest of the list only Peter Parker has any real talent, but he keeps his talents a secret instead of getting tv time to tell me where he’s going to take his talents, so really I’m at a loss.

      Was it a typo?

      • limonadamas - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:26 PM

        Definitely Parker Lewis. Lest we forget, he can’t lose!

        Great list…. hahaha

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:12 AM

        tcclark…..awesome! lol

      • loungefly74 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:07 AM


  8. sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Kevin Martin is a good shooter who’ll help them and I’m sure he doesn’t mind the $28 million.

    Kevin Martin is currently in 20th place all time in true shooting percentage. He’s ahead of Durant who is in 25th currently (of course Durant is rising and Martin will begin to drop as he’s 30 and he won’t keep shooting like this 3 and 4 yrs from now, but still he’s done great up to 30 yrs of age to be the 20th best overall shooter of all time in the NBA).

    Ray Allen is 48th currently

    LeBron James is 58th

    Michael Jordan is 73rd

    Larry Bird is 90th

    Kobe Bryant is 130th

  9. sportsnut101 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Fire presti now he’s made dumb trades now. Ouch harden trade got u nothing

    Okc doesn’t have anybody who can score when durant n Westbrook not in game

    This what happens when u don’t pass the ball to a shooter. Ballhog durant n Westbrook lol

    It’s a nice move for wolves but he can’t defend anyway

  10. sylpkt - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Thunder really don’t have $16m in cap space. They are over the cap and will be for awhile. They have almost $70m in salary and the luxury tax line will be around $71m. They would have had to trade Harden, Westbrook or Ibaka this offseason anyway. Hindsight is 20/20, but with a healthy Westbrook, this team would have at least been in the WCF and probably in the finals. You can bet Presti knows more about the new restrictions of the CBA and understands this team will have to continually develop young talent around KD and Westbrook, like the Spurs. It’s not a reasonable business model to build a team like the Lakers, Nets or Knicks. Miami will have to deal with the same problem after next year and unless Wade takes a broken down over the hill superstar contact, that team will have to trade on of its starts or 500 cents on the dollar.

    • sylpkt - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      But anyway, good for KMart, he gets paid and Minnesota will regret that contract in a couple years.

  11. scottieplongballs - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Get your long winded worthless OKC babble off of here. Its about the t-wolves. If you too want to hash it out then get a room.

  12. jusdre313 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    man he could have gotten more. But it is what it is. I wonder what OKC will do to replace his scoring off the bence

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      Time for Jeremy Lame to shine. And shine he will, I believe. He’s got to do whatever he can to wipe the taste of Harden out the mouths of the OKC faithful, that’s for sure. Lord knows Steven Adams won’t.

  13. housport22 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Minnesota signs Pekovic, their starting five will put them in the playoffs. Hell, if they don’t succumb to injuries last year, they’d have been in the playoffs. Martin’s no superstar, but he can score.

  14. jolink653 - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Thunder would have maxed out their cap space on 4 players if they kept Harden, leaving no room to fill other needs so it was the right move to make

    Not a terrible signing for the Timberwolves: Martin can stretch the floor and add some outside shooting…he’s more of a role player now and can disappear at times but he’s still a solid player

    • kolipito - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      with bird rights thunder could have kept everyone if they were willing to pay the tax, they would be contender for years

  15. dolphindubs - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Tiago Splitter gets 4 yr/$36 mil while Kevin Martin “only” gets 4 yr/$28?!?! Effin bigs man…effin bigs….

  16. zzr600guy - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    The Wolves will make the playoff if they keep Pek and stay healthy. The Thunder better find some bench scoring. Monta Ellis???

    • eboneseagles - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      Yeah I’m sure he’ll take the little they can offer to play a bench role… #sarcasm

  17. zzr600guy - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Some of you ppl fail to realize that the NBA has something called a salary cap. The Thunder could not afford a max contract for Harden and they would jave lost him in FA and gotten nothing. At least by moving him they got back some assets. Would okc be better with Harden? Yes. Could they afford him plus KD and Russ? NO.

  18. gogatorsjohn - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    TCClark that was hilarious lol

  19. unxpexted1 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Whats realy lost in all this is not last year’s trade of Harden, but the decision to to sign ibaka to a max extension instead of Harden. They chose Ibaka to be the third of their big 3 and that hasn’t panned out at all. He’s been a know show two years straight in the playoffs. Sam Presti, while being great at drafting talent so far (minus stephen adams and cole aldridge), his other front office moves have not been good ones long term:

    Perkins for Jeff Green
    Signing Ibaka instead of Harden
    Not amnestying Perkings and now unable to move him
    Harden trade, the necessary hasn’t panned out thus far

    His only hope is that picks like Perry Jones the 3rd and Jeremy Lamb step up big time.

  20. rohlo - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    LMAO timberwolve fans thinking martin pushes them into the top 4 in the west…. this guy cant create his own shot and play absolutley no defense at all… just a player who is following his former first nba coach around rick adelman.. sacramento,houston now minnesota.. everyone thoug hosuton was gonna light it up when martin signed and they never made playoffs with..adelmans teams play no defense which is what will be minnesotas down fall..adelman hates playing rookies too… he washed out in houston after yao and tmac were gone wolves fans will be askign for his head when you all are dissapointed. kevin martin is an average player and as you saw he didnt make anyone in okc forget about james harden!!! also when he was in sacramento you will notice he didnt play all that well after webber,peja and co were gone..he is a role player, not a leader!!!

  21. brewdogg - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Uhhhhh……do you know anything about the Wolves?

    1) he doesn’t need to create his own shots. Theirs this guy on the team named Ricky….. They need someone who can hit outside shots. That’s why Budinger was brought in last year and why Martin was signed, to hit the open shots that Rubio creates.

    2) Both of the rookies they drafted are supposed to be above-average defenders. And before you tell me they won’t play, try to remember that Rubio and Williams were 2nd year players last year.

    3) Martin is not being brought in to be a leader, he’s being brought in to be a role player. At best, he would be third in the packing order behind Love and Rubio.

    • rohlo - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      you obviously dont know the history of rick adelman coached’ll know in about a year ..his teams play no defense and th egame has passed him by..he has been irrelevent since his days with portland back in late 80’s early 90’s… i agree wolves have great talent,but signing martin isnt gonna put you guys over the top ..have to wait on free agency ,but the wets is gonna be poster said top 4 seed!! i beg to differ! another thing is the injury bug that seems to bite the wolves! it just seems resigning chase and briniging in another former rocket adelman had isnt moving forwrd but kind of staying i nthe same spot.. rememebr his teams in houston the last 2 -3 years finished 3 games out of the playoffs as 9 or 10 the place team in west..if you guys are happy with it though its all cool !! not my team!! u all have learned to accept mediocrity i guess! i would be pissed my team isnt goign after good free agents!!

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