There are rare times where an NBA team can make the right move, but that move can also be one that’s not really going to help them that much. The most recent example of this is the New York Knicks who re-signed veteran power forward Kenyon Martin to a deal on Wednesday afternoon.
On WednesdayYahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Knicks and the 13-year NBA veteran had agreed to a deal that would bring Martin back after he joined the Knicks late in the season last year. Martin appeared in 18 games for the Knicks, starting in 11, and averaged 7.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 23.9 minutes per game.
Martin gave the Knicks a ton of energy once he joined the Knicks and helped to somewhat solidify their rotation that was starting to seem shaky before they got onto the home-stretch of the season. He was active on the boards, relatively solid on defense, and converted offensive opportunities whenever they were there.
Re-signing Martin was the right move here for the Knicks because they weren’t going to be able to get anything better on the open market. With their current cap-situation, the Knicks can really only sign guys to the veteran minimum, meaning they aren’t going to be able to land a player better than Martin, who they can re-sign for a little more money.
However, that doesn’t change the fact that this move still seems rather bland for the Knicks and keeps them on a plateau in regards to last season. Martin’s skills have obviously declined in his last few seasons and he’s had a long list of injuries that have slowed him down. In fact, he hasn’t played in more than 60 games since the 2008-2009 season.
More or less, it’s hard to imagine Martin staying healthy for an entire season and it’s hard to imagine him really contributing to the cause for New York a great deal next season. He may still provide them energy off of the bench, but not much else. It’s one of those rare things in the NBA. The Knickerbockers made the right move, but it’s not going to make much of a difference.