It didn’t take long for Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kevin Martin to find a new home in free agency.
Martin signed a 4-year, $28 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves today.
Free agent Kevin Martin has reached agreement on a four year, $28 million deal with Minnesota, league source tells Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2013
Martin made $12 million last season with the Thunder so the $7 million per year is a big cut from that. There was no way the Thunder would be able to offer Martin $7 million per year with Serge Ibaka’s contract extension kicking in next season.
After agreeing to T-Wolves deal, Kevin Martin tells @USATODAYsports: "Minny was my 1st option outside OKC, so I’ve got to take it."
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 3, 2013
The most the Thunder could have offered Martin would have been something like $3-4 million per year and probably for only a season or two.
Martin, 30, averaged 14.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 27.7 minutes per game in his one season in OKC. He shot 45.0 percent from the field and 42.6 percent from three.
Martin’s saw those numbers drop to 38.0 percent shooting from the field and 37.0 percent shooting from three in 11 playoff games with the Thunder.
Martin served as a one-year rental to help ease the post-James Harden era transition for the Thunder. He did help OKC win a franchise-record 60 games but did not show enough to make the Thunder want to keep him too badly.
Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb will look to help fill Martin’s void next season. The Thunder may be still trying to sign a free agent this summer and there have been rumors that they are interested in Dorell Wright and Carlos Delfino.
It will be very difficult for the Thunder to bring on any more contracts as they are already very close to the luxury tax with the current makeup of the rosters.