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Kenyon Martin ‘not surprised’ by Carmelo Anthony re-signing, hopes to return to Knicks next season

Jul 12, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

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LAS VEGAS – Kenyon Martin has been with the Knicks for the past two seasons and played in Denver seven more, all the while being a teammate of Carmelo Anthony‘s. And given how long the two have known each other, Martin expected Anthony to re-sign with New York all along.

“I’m not surprised,” Marin said of the Anthony news, before the Knicks tipped off against the Blazers in Summer League action on Saturday. “I would have been surprised if he left, to be honest. He’s a winner, he’s a competitor, and I don’t think he wants people speaking ill about him like they had in the past. I mean, he wants to bring a championship to New York. This is the start.”

Anthony reportedly will take very close to a max contract to re-up with the Knicks for the next five years, and there’s been plenty of chatter — including from Knicks president Phil Jackson — that he and other marquee free agents should take less money, in order to provide their teams with the financial flexibility to add additional talent. But Martin isn’t necessarily on board with that line of thinking.

“Well, if the Knicks could have paid him less, they would have,” Martin said. “To each his own, man. If you can get paid and win, why not? It’s not just basketball, it’s a business. That’s the nature of it. Some people look at it as being selfish or whatnot, but the man stayed home.”

As for Martin himself, he was limited by ankle issues that forced him out for the season before the All-Star break. He was supposed to be an important part of New York’s big man rotation, but managed to make only 32 appearances while averaging 19.8 minutes per contest. But following offseason surgery, he says he’s feeling “night and day” from the way he did during the season, and expects to be back on the court training sometime in the next month.

Martin is not under contract for next season, and is an unrestricted free agent. But much like Anthony, he hopes to re-sign with the Knicks, and doesn’t see himself playing anywhere else.

“Definitely,” Martin said, when asked if he hopes to return to New York. “I’m comfortable here. Me and Melo have got history, so of course this is where I would love to play. I’m not done by any stretch of the imagination, and I would love to be a Knick again. I’m going to try to make it happen.”

  1. tampajoey - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    I understand Melo going back to the Knicks. Stephen A. Smith was right for once in his life saying “I know Carmelo Anthony and the Carmelo Anthony I know ain’t leaving $50 million on the table.” Too bad he doesn’t have any help in NY and they’ll stink for a couple more years.

    What’s going on with Kevin Love going to the Cavs? Damn, if the Cavs can land Love too they’ll be a formidable team.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      Again, WHY did Melo go on the “It’s all about me tour” this summer then?

      Pretty much EVERYONE thought, knew, expected he was going to stay in New York.

      • cruzan80 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        @ sportsfan7

        You trolls crack me up. Melo did what EVERY star player does when they become a free agent for the 1st time in their career.

        Tim Duncan is arguably the most selfless athlete in all of sports. Guess what he did when he was an unrestricted free agent for the 1st time in his career…he went on “tour”. Heck the Orlando Magic even took him to Disney World & had his name up in lights on the Epcot Ball. They wined & dined him. Told him how him, Grant Hill & T-Mac would run the league, then after all that…he did what we all thought he would do…resign with the Spurs.

        Once again, nice try hater but your team got REJECTED by the player you hate on the most…get over it.

      • mykulmitch - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:44 AM

        Can you send me a source on Orlando doing that? I want to read about it but I can’t find it.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:07 AM

        so Melo did something simply because others did it?

        can’t be his OWN man? gotta do what others do?

        if a MAN KNOWS he’s going to stay somewhere… then DON’T go on tour.

        sounds like he’s a sheep based on what you said… he just followed along and did what the other stars do…

        some leader he is…

      • cruzan80 - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:24 AM

        @sportsfan7

        That response was pretty pathetic…even for you.

        Hate on hater…hate on.

      • cruzan80 - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:39 AM

        @ mykulmitch

        http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2012/11/21/tim-duncan-doc-rivers-reflect-on-a-decision-that-altered-history/

        “Upon their tour of Orlando, the two then-superstars (Grant Hill & Tim Duncan) were greeted by billboards, picturing themselves along with the world “Imagine.” Disney World’s Epcot ball donned the words, “Grant Us Tim.” There was a private jet, house-hunting tips from Orlando resident Tiger Woods, and, of course, a ton of money.”

    • casualcommenter - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      If the reports are correct, then the Celtics and Cavs are competing for Kevin Love, while the Timberwolves continue to bide their time and see if the bids for Kevin Love rise.

      Warriors are technically in the race, but they’ve ruled out sending Klay Thompson, so their trade offer isn’t that great.

      • realfootballfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        Timberwolves need to use LeBron James’ apparent inclination to want Love in Cleveland to get Wiggins. It’s a chance potentially for them to change their franchise’s fortunes in such a deal. Btw, what if LeBron is really just trolin’ the Cavaliers and Gilbert for what they did 4 years ago, opts out once they’ve traded Wiggins for Love, and signs somewhere else next summer. It would make him the most hated man in sports probably ever, but it would be pretty funny I would have to say, lol.

      • cruzan80 - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        @onlyavoice

        “Couldn’t find a real coach (no one like him) so he finds a puppet (Fisher)”

        Fisher was the starting PG for 5 NBA championship teams & has ALWAYS been regarded as the LEADER in those locker rooms. He’s also gotten ringing endorsements from OKC’s head coach & Kevin Durant….who exactly has said anything positive about Kerr in regards to coaching????

        “Trades away Chandler for pictures of himself”

        Really??? Because I thought he got rid of the WORSE STARTING PG IN THE LEAGUE (Raymond Felton) in exchange for the best 3pt shooting PG in the league, a young PG, & 3 picks in a draft where they had NONE.

        “Chastises Melo publicly before & during free agency to be a man & take way less,
        DIDN’T HAPPEN”

        Ummm….yeah it did happen. The max contract is $130 mil over 5 years. Melo agreed to $121 mil over 5 years. That gives the Knicks (as Phil put it) “just a little bit more flexibility next summer”. Also, how exactly is it “chastising” when Melo was the one who said he will take less than the max long before Phil was even there???

        “Thought he could wave his Zen hand over Gasol & get him for a $1.00″

        Phil & the Knicks NEVER offered Pau a contract. He said multiple times that they “would like to be in the running” but was well aware that some moves would have to happen 1st. Site like this posted “Reports” stating otherwise….not fact.

        You clearly don’t little things like FACTS get in the way of making you sound like a complete MORON.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      Don’t be so sure. Phil knows how to build winning teams. If you think Mitch Kubchak and Jerry Krause were the ones picking the role players that fit, I don’t know what to tell you. NY will be a major contender in the East in 2 years if they leave Phil alone and Carmelo buys in. Oh and btw, Steven A. Smith was the only guy I remember in 2010 who had LeBron to Miami before it was on anyone’s radar, so the guy’s a pretty good reporter, even though I don’t know how much of that he does these days with that clown show he joined on ESPN.

      • kinggw - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        Phil hasn’t built any teams.

      • realfootballfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Okay. You believe the “GMs” built them , lol. We’ll see.

      • onlyavoice - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:34 PM

        LOL, 1st signing was a washed up crack head.
        His hand picked coach bolted as soon as Phil said he’d coach through him.
        Couldn’t find a real coach (no one like him) so he finds a puppet (Fisher)
        Trades away Chandler for pictures of himself
        Chastises Melo publicly before & during free agency to be a man & take way less,
        DIDN’T HAPPEN.
        Thought he could wave his Zen hand over Gasol & get him for a $1.00
        Phil is a BUFFOON & it is clear why the Lakers wanted NOTHING to do with him.
        Money Man Melo played free agency perfect, Dolan had to step in & offer Melo the Max before he bolted.
        Phil will bolt/be fired next summer & blame everyone but himself.

      • cruzan80 - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        @onlyavoice

        “Couldn’t find a real coach (no one like him) so he finds a puppet (Fisher)”

        Fisher was the starting PG for 5 NBA championship teams & has ALWAYS been regarded as the LEADER in those locker rooms. He’s also gotten ringing endorsements from OKC’s head coach & Kevin Durant….who exactly has said anything positive about Kerr in regards to coaching????

        “Trades away Chandler for pictures of himself”

        Really??? Because I thought he got rid of the WORSE STARTING PG IN THE LEAGUE (Raymond Felton) in exchange for the best 3pt shooting PG in the league, a young PG, & 3 picks in a draft where they had NONE.

        “Chastises Melo publicly before & during free agency to be a man & take way less,
        DIDN’T HAPPEN”

        Ummm….yeah it did happen. The max contract is $130 mil over 5 years. Melo agreed to $121 mil over 5 years. That gives the Knicks (as Phil put it) “just a little bit more flexibility next summer”. Also, how exactly is it “chastising” when Melo was the one who said he will take less than the max long before Phil was even there???

        “Thought he could wave his Zen hand over Gasol & get him for a $1.00″

        Phil & the Knicks NEVER offered Pau a contract. He said multiple times that they “would like to be in the running” but was well aware that some moves would have to happen 1st. Site like this posted “Reports” stating otherwise….not fact.

        You clearly don’t let little things like FACTS get in the way of making you sound like a complete MORON

  2. Damidwesterner - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    $50M washes away a lot of failing to win a title.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      That’s what La La’s been saying over and over…

      She whispered into each of Melo’s ears each night as he was sleeping…”take the money, take the money, take the money”

  3. elcaminobilly - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    I hope Kenyon does return to the Knicks. Been a fan of his since he came into the league.

  4. csbanter - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Kmart is solid role player. As for Melo he could have saved all the drama and signed on the first day. Melo was trying to be Lebron-like . His signing had no juice to it once Lebron decided.

  5. itmgrindmachines - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    Kmart needs another Tat.

  6. coachbeck - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Glad to see Kenyon still going. Still remember that injury his senior year. That team had championship written all over it

  7. bux1022 - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    @onlyavoice

    Spent all that time writing that trash. Must have had a really boring Friday night!

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