NBA Rumors: Kenyon Martin Is the Perfect Target for the Golden State Warriors
Kenyon Martin is the latest veteran forward on the Warriors' wish list, as reported by Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area, giving credence to GM Bob Myers' vow to add experience and toughness to the Golden State roster.
The Warriors already took the initiative of adding a tough perimeter player, acquiring point guard Jarrett Jack in a three-team trade with New Orleans. Now, with their full mid-level exception still on the books, Golden State plans to bolster their defensive front line.
Even without adding another player, the Warriors' potential rotation is sneaky-good when healthy, able to score with most anybody in the league:
PG: Steph Curry
SG: Klay Thompson
SF: Harrison Barnes
PF: David Lee
C: Andrew Bogut
B: Jarrett Jack
B: Brandon Rush (expected to be re-signed)
B: Richard Jefferson
B: Draymond Green
B: Andris Biedrins
B: Festus Ezili
B: Jeremy Tyler
The perimeter players in particular are deep and talented, but there is a little bit of uncertainty behind Lee and Bogut in the frontcourt.
Andris Biedrins has had one of the strangest offseasons in recent memory: first came his alleged involvement in some illicit, photographed activity, a controversy that was quickly exacerbated when Biedrins came under investigation for tax evasion.
With Biedrins' status in question for next season, that leaves an undersized rookie (Green), and two works-in-progress (Ezeli and Tyler) behind Lee and Bogut––two players with worrisome injury history.
Which is where the Warriors' remaining budget becomes essential. They need frontcourt depth and appear willing to acquire it. In addition to Martin, they've also been linked to Antwan Jamison and Carl Landry.
And while any of those three players would play a vital role in the Warriors' upcoming season, Martin is probably the cheapest option, and definitely the best defensive option.
The Warriors will be able to score regardless of who their final free agent signing is. Between Curry, Thompson and Barnes, they probably have the best––that's right, the best––shooting lineup in the league.
They need somebody who is gonna get down and dirty, guard multiple positions and, most importantly, not take too many shots.
It's weird to praise the humility of a guy with lips tattooed on his neck, but last season in LA, Martin displayed a willingness to do the little things and defer to his more talented teammates.
And in Golden State, that could be just what the doctor ordered.
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