NBA Free Agency Rumors: Serge Ibaka backtracks on Kevin Martin departure comment

Feb. 10, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

A rumor that Kevin Martin was not going to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder surfaced a few days ago with comments Serge Ibaka made to a foreign media outlet.

Ibaka said this: “There will be changes, like the departure of Kevin Martin. We have room for improvement and we have to add something to improve our play.”

Ibaka has since backtracked from those comments telling NBCSports.com: “I definitely don’t know nothing about it. I’m a player like him, so we just go play. That’s the kind of question you need to ask the (general) manager.”

I think we all had a suspicion that Ibaka didn’t really know anything here and that his words were either taken out of context or not translated correctly.

The fact still remains however that Martin’s departure from OKC is very likely. The Thunder probably aren’t going to want to offer him enough money to stay and whatever they do end up offering him, might be taken as an insult.

Martin has said that he is willing to accept less money to stay in OKC and that he really loves being a part of the Thunder franchise but it feels like his time here will only be remembered as a rental in the James Harden trade.

It’s for the better at the end of the day and puts the pressure on Scott Brooks to play Jeremy Lamb more which is something the Thunder need to commit to for the future of this team.

Topics: Kevin Martin, NBA Free Agency, Oklahoma City Thunder, Serge Ibaka

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