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.
Thunder wary of Minnesota and Memphis as possible Kevin Martin destinations. Grizz even more likely pursuers if @aa000G9 leaves for LAC/DEN.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 1, 2013
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.