Should Milwaukee Bucks Pursue Kevin Martin in 2013 NBA Free Agency?

By Michael Terrill
Should Milwaukee Bucks Pursue Kevin Martin in 2013 NBA Free Agency
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The Milwaukee Bucks must make some moves in free agency if they want to be competitive during the 2013-14 NBA season. Even though there appears to be a storm coming that could wipe out the current roster as we know it, the Bucks still have to figure out a way to improve the team next year.

Obviously, the controversy in Milwaukee right now is which guards the organization should attempt to keep. The Bucks would like to extend shooting guard Monta Ellis’ contract, but they may be forced to keep point guard Brandon Jennings instead. There is also the debate if the team should press hard on keeping shooting guard J.J. Redick.

One way to fix this mess is to hit the reset button all together and bring in a guard in free agency. Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Kevin Martin is certainly someone that would be a perfect fit in Milwaukee. Not to mention, there is a good chance he would like to play for the Bucks because he would be guaranteed the starting job, instead of coming off the bench for the Thunder.

The reason Milwaukee should go after Martin is because he is a pure shooter who can knock down shots from anywhere on the court. Last season, he averaged 14 points per game while converting 45.0 percent of his shots from the field and a career-high 42.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Even though Ellis and Jennings were able to score a lot of points last season they were far from efficient while doing it. That resulted in the Bucks getting fewer opportunities to score, which eventually led to frustration among the players.

The one problem with Martin is that he is coming off a five-year, $53 million contract, which is something the Bucks simply cannot afford. Martin may have to take a bit of a pay cut to play in Milwaukee, but at least he will be the star of the team.

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