NBA Free Agency Rumors: Grizzlies, Timberwolves after Kevin Martin?

Feb 20, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Kevin Martin (23) attempts to drive the ball around Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Martin will be an unrestricted free agent this summer after playing one season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. There is an increasing feeling that Martin will be parting ways with OKC, too.

Reports have surfaced that the Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves are two teams that would be interested in acquiring Martin.

 

Aldridge says that the Grizzlies will become even more likely to chase Martin if Tony Allen leaves for the Los Angeles Clippers or Denver Nuggets.

Martin’s departure won’t be a surprise in OKC and the Thunder probably aren’t doing much to try and keep him. They are planning to do their best to avoid the luxury tax and unless Martin were willing to take a gigantic pay cut, that future plan won’t involve Martin.

Martin had a good year for the Thunder, who won the most games in franchise history, but he is still seen as expendable. Martin usually wilted in games against tough opponents and his production kind of felt like fool’s gold because of that.

Moving on from Martin is necessary. Jeremy Lamb should be able to come in and do a lot of what Martin did last year. He probably won’t be as efficient right away but he has a lot of upside.

Topics: Kevin Martin, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA Free Agency, Oklahoma City Thunder

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  • Dr Swishhh

    “Jeremy Lamb should be able to come in and do a lot of what Martin did last year” Very optimistic Andrew! I like to be optimistic but I think there’s a chasm between them. I agree Kevin was disappointing at times but so were several others, it’s a tough gig. We need an experienced (cheap) replacement who can help us space the floor but we also need to spend court minutes developing Lamb and Jones. Summer league is going to be awesome!

    Interesting that Presti was so worried about missing out on Roberson that he was jumping spots to snap him up. Almost bizarre, hope he’s right. Sounds like he could get some Liggins minutes with his energy and his defensive skills.