Los Angeles Clippers Are Trying to Sign Kenyon Martin

Jack WindhamAnalyst IJanuary 27, 2012

Kenyon Martin
Kenyon MartinDoug Pensinger/Getty Images

Kenyon Martin is about to resurface in the NBA.

When the NBA lockout threatened the season, the veteran forward made the decision to go play professionally in China. After haggling with the Chinese Basketball Association to get out of his contract, the former Denver Nugget is ready to come back to the league.

Martin and his agents have spoken to five teams according to ESPN (including the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks). One of those teams is the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clippers appear to be the best situation for Martin.

Let's take a look at the other four teams first: The Heat would provide Martin with a very good chance to finally capture an NBA title, but they already have veterans Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem providing depth up front. The Spurs and Hawks could still compete, but something just doesn't seem right with either team right now. The Knicks have been struggling to maintain an identity thus far.

Now, let's take a look at the Clippers.

First of all, the Clippers have a very good chance at competing this year. At 10-6, they're currently sitting on top of the Pacific division, with the Los Angeles Lakers breathing right down their necks. There's plenty of talent on the team to get far into the playoffs.

In terms of playing time, Martin can work his way into the rotation and find some minutes. Right now, there are approximately 30 minutes behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. The 6'9", 240-pound forward would team up with tough guy Reggie Evans for those minutes.

While most coaches would prefer a little more height from their front line rotation, the quartet should be able to excel together.

Another thing that Martin can provide the team is insurance. While that might sound ironic because of Martin's history with injuries, he would be providing insurance for head coach Vinnie Del Negro. With a solid defensive veteran on the bench, Del Negro has the luxury of being able pull Griffin from the floor if he's slacking on that side of the floor.

The Clippers make a lot of sense for Martin right now.