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As a 34-year-old veteran, Kenyon Martin is likely looking for not only a viable title contender, but a team that could use a player of his style.The revamped Los Angeles Clippers, who are looking to make their first meaningful postseason run since the Elton Brand days, could use another body to bolster their frontcourt.
Since dealing Chris Kaman in the blockbuster Chris Paul trade, the Clippers lost a great deal of their size and interior scoring. L.A.'s rotation is now jam-packed at the 1 and 2 but awfully thin at the 4 and 5.
The addition of Reggie Evans was savvy on the defensive end, as Evans has proven to be a hard-nosed defender and rebounder in the league, but he lacks any offense more than one foot from the hoop. Trey Thompkins could certainly have some value for a second-round pick, but he can't be counted on for major minutes yet, and Brian Cook's normally reliable three-point shooting is at a disappointing 21 percent.
Adding Martin would give them a legitimate backup to Griffin capable of playing 20 minutes a night or even stepping into the starting lineup if Griffin or Jordan need to sit out a few games.
He has a reliable mid-range jumper and a consistent set of post-moves, making him a worthwhile option on the offensive end. His defense and rebounding have always been solid, and for a power forward Martin is a capable passer as well.
In just 25 minutes a game last season he averaged 8.6 points, 6.2 boards and 2.3 assists while shooting 51.1 percent from the field.
His injury history will be a concern as he'll be coming back right for the most important stretch of the season and will likely not be conditioned as well as most others in the league. However, as another veteran presence and one with a myriad of playoff experience with both the New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets, Martin may be a more valuable piece than many would think.
Other potential teams: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks.