Lakers Rumors: Kenyon Martin Would Be Perfect Fit for Veteran Los Angeles Squad

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVAugust 9, 2012

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 17:  Kenyon Martin #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 17, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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After a stellar offseason in which they've added multiple much-needed parts, the Los Angeles Lakers have one move left on the horizon: signing Kenyon Martin.

According to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, Martin is considering two teams, with the Lakers one of those teams. 

Sources said the 34-year-old power forward is holding up this later stage of the hiring process for frontcourt free agents, with the Lakers and the Nets among the teams he's considering and negotiation leverage seemingly gone because so many of his colleagues seem willing to take minimum deals.

It's no secret that the Lakers give him the best chance to win a championship of the two, even if Brooklyn seems to be putting together a formidable and much improved team.

In addition to that, Los Angeles allows Martin the luxury of not having to log too many minutes and play his role with little pressure. We still don't know if Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum will be remaining in L.A. for next season, but it's apparent that they'll have one of the strongest post presences in the league. 

Martin's toughness will help to ease the talk of Gasol's "softness" and will allow the Lakers to bring in a bruising, talented player that can hold his own on both sides of the court. 

One of the only knocks on Martin's career has been his maturity level and control, but he won't have to worry about setting an example as a veteran in Los Angeles. He'll join a team that already has among the fiercest and most experienced leaders in the league with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash (among others), so he'll be less worried about putting his experience on display and more focused on playing his part.

Teaming up with Jordan Hill on the bench, the Lakers would suddenly have a very strong group of forwards ready to come in with high energy and intensity. Throw Antawn Jamison into the mix and they now have another talented scorer on the bench.

Even if Martin is somewhat expendable to the Lakers this season, he'll be utilized late in the season and into the playoffs as the wear-and-tear of the season progresses. It could end up being that the less minutes he plays during the season, the more effective he'll be later on. 

Martin may be swayed by his former allegiance to the Nets after his time there earlier in his career, but if he wants to end his career with a championship, he'll make the move to the Lakers.

After all, he shouldn't be too unfamiliar with the Lakers. He'll be in the same home arena that he played in last year with the Clippers.