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Former Clippers forward Kenyon Martin is still looking for NBA work, even though, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, there were multiple teams interested in Martin during the offseason.
Sources told Spears that the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs all were interested in Martin. He spent last season with the Los Angeles Clippers and averaged 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 22.2 minutes a game.
Despite the early interest, it seems it all evaporated. Multiple squads could still use a backup big man, and it is a bit surprising that one as solid as Martin remains unsigned.
The Lakers could use another big man to play backup center. While the Lakers roll out both Antawn Jamison and Jordan Hill off the bench, neither is considered a sharp defender. Martin's size could give the Lakers some extra muscle down low.
The Houston Rockets are hot off their addition of James Harden, but they're inexperienced in the post. Omer Aisk starts at center, but neither Patrick Patterson nor Marcus Morris has been especially effective for the Rockets so far. The addition of Martin for the young squad could add another savvy veteran.
Finally, the Knicks would make an excellent fit with Martin. The Knicks have Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas off the bench, but Thomas is 40 years old and Camby has a history of health issues. Adding in Martin to give them some more bench toughness should really help fortify New York's bench.