NBA Free Agency 2012: Kenyon Martin Is Still Possible for New York
While K-Mart, a 12-year veteran, is looking for more than just the veteran's minimum, teams simply don't have that kind of money to offer a backup power forward, nor are they willing to commit more to a bench player.
For one, New York has many people familiar with Martin and his game: Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, Marcus Camby and Raymond Felton all played with Kenyon in their Denver Nuggets days. Looking even further back, Martin teamed up with Jason Kidd in New Jersey where the two had great chemistry.
Considering the second unit will be headed by Jason Kidd, Martin could see his points per game increase from last season if he paired with the Knicks and Kidd.
In 42 games with the Clippers, he averaged just 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. While this kind of production isn't great, it is a significant upgrade from Jared Jeffries.
The amount of playing time he would see in New York could be greater than elsewhere as a backup power forward, simply because Amar'e Stoudemire often gets in foul trouble and we're still unsure how Amar'e and Carmelo will mesh.
Martin would bring toughness to the second unit—clearly a void that was taken advantage of by opponents last season—and he would not allow any easy buckets.
The Knicks need Kenyon Martin, and they should pursue him before he goes to that other team in New York.
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