The New York Knicks issued a statement that they are pursuing Kenyon Martin to round out their roster, but he is refusing to sign for the veteran’s minimum. Martin is still a capable back-up and he can still give you some valuable minutes of the bench. His intensity and passion for the game is infectious, and he can be the enforcer to make his presence felt in tough games.
Unfortunately for Martin, there are very few teams who could be interested with his services and can afford him as well. Now I don’t know what he is expecting to get, but as of right now, the market has dried up and he may be hard-pressed to find a better situation out there.
Martin is familiar with a few of the players in the Knicks roster, most notably Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith. His intensity and team play will also serve the Knicks well. I actually think that Martin is a good fit for the Knicks, although I doubt he will be given plenty of minutes to contribute. With the Knicks shift to a more traditional and defense-oriented game plan, Martin can also be used to fully incorporate that goal.
I think Martin should really consider signing the veteran’s minimum with the Knicks. Most of the top-tier teams are all but set, and Martin can go to the Knicks and help them reach the playoffs. He could really bolster the Knicks front court and he could do that while being in one of the best cities in the NBA. He is getting up there in age though, so he could actually be looking for one last decent pay check before he calls it a career. Whatever he decides though, it’ll be interesting to see if he still has what it takes to truly make an impact to the team he eventually goes to.