NBA Trade Rumors: Kevin Martin Right to Speak Favorably of Houston Situation

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIFebruary 26, 2012

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The Houston Rockets would be idiotic to trade Kevin Martin at this point in the season. Martin does not belong in Minnesota, or with any NBA team besides the Rockets.

There's a little bit of background to this idea, so take a second to catch up if your not familiar with this situation.

According to Bill Ingram of HoopsWorld, Martin is not pleased with his current situation in Houston:

It’s not really a secret that Kevin Martin is unhappy in Houston. His minutes have been inconsistent, and he’s heard his name come up multiple times in trade rumors after GM Daryl Morey told him he was untouchable. He also doesn’t appreciate that the Rockets are doing to him what they do to everyone come contract time.

He also added this:

It’s also no secret that Rick Adelman would welcome Martin with open arms, should the Rockets value something from the Timberwolves’ roster worthy of a trade for Martin.

Fans of the Rockets and Martin can rest easy, as Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle quoted Martin denying those reports:

"I think it’s an inappropriate article...A writer must be starving for attention. He’s not going to bring a distraction around our team. I’m the team’s leading scorer, and we’re in the playoff hunt. I don’t understand how I could not be happy about that. Basically, he’s just making it up"

Okay, now that you're all up to speed on the matter, take a second to laugh off the idea that the Rockets would trade their leading scorer.

Martin is absolutely right. There is no reason for him to be unhappy. He records plenty of minutes, doesn't lack shooting attempts and is on a team that is firmly in the playoffs.

The Western Conference is wide open this year. Oklahoma City seems like the top team, but even they have some flaws that could come back to bite them in the playoffs. Outside of the Thunder, there is no team in the conference that really stands out.

As a matter of fact, the Rockets' depth makes them as viable a contender as any other team. When the playoffs roll around, the strain of playing such a compacted 66-game schedule is going to be crippling to some of the thinner squads in the league.

Older players will begin to struggle or get hurt and the teams with depth are really going to show. That fits Houston to a T. They don't have the true superstar like Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant or Chris Paul, but they don't need to have a single meaningful minute of their games occupied by questionable players.

That is something that few other teams in the league can come close to claiming. Still, Martin has managed a solid 18 points and more than 32 minutes per game.

Looking at that, the idea that Martin is unhappy in Houston or that the Rockets are looking to move him is absurd. Sure, the Timberwolves have some talent but unless Kevin Love suddenly and inexplicably becomes available, none of them will match Martin.

Teams bound for the playoffs don't tend to unload their leading scorers. That is a general idea that has been pretty consistent in the NBA. I know that the Nuggets did that last year with Carmelo Anthony, but they got more back than Houston could reasonably expect from Minnesota, or anyone, really.

The Rockets have given Martin every reason to be happy with his situation. He is the featured weapon on a team with a real chance to make a long playoff run. Any idea of him being traded is moronic and it's a good thing that Martin seems to agree.

 

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