Kenyon Martin wants to play in the NBA again so badly he doesn’t care what team decides to give him a call.
"If someone calls me tomorrow, I don't care who it is, whether it's losing or winning at this point," Martin said, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
In the offseason, the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs reportedly expressed interested in the 34-year-old veteran forward.
All of those teams, and every other team in the league for that matter, have not yet made an offer to K-Mart.
Martin is a motivator and veteran frontcourt presence who would instantly upgrade some team’s benches. It’s puzzling as to why he’s still waiting for a call when there are injuries rampant and question marks across the league in teams’ rotations.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors revamped their roster this past offseason and are heavily relying on scoring, again, as the primary means to win games.
Kenyon Martin would give the Left Coast Warriors a valuable insurance policy for their frontcourt rotation in the event Andrew Bogut continues to struggle with injuries, as he has throughout his career.
Martin’s also a solid rotational defender that can provide them with the toughness around the rim that they need. Golden State is currently in the middle of the league in rebounding and team defense.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers don’t have much in the means of depth behind Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard. Antawn Jamison was brought in for his bench scoring but hasn’t even been able to fill that role to this point.
Martin would be an immediate help to a Lakers team that is fading quickly. You’d think his defensive prowess would be appealing to Mike Brown—the team would surely benefit from additional help on that end of the floor while it continues its transition to its new Princeton offense.
While he won’t address the bench-scoring concerns, Martin still has a lot of value for the Lakers as a motivator and hard worker. That’s something the team seems to be lacking outside of Kobe Bryant right now.
As the question marks continue to spring up in L.A., the likelihood of them making a move such as this increases. It’s worth a shot, if for nothing else but an emotional spark for L.A. off the bench.
Mark Cuban and K-Mart’s history has been hazy but that’s apparently in the past if the team considered him during this past season as Spears reported.
Martin is an ideal choice to fill the role of a Tyson Chandler-type defender down low. He’s got the experience and work ethic to establish the post and keep opponents away from the basket.
The Mavs are succeeding without Dirk Nowitzki thus far, but they are 21st in rebounding (44 RPG) and 17th in scoring defense. That hasn’t come back to haunt them yet because their new-look offense is averaging 108.3 points per game.
Adding Martin would be a first step in addressing the defensive concerns. The offense can’t carry the team down the stretch in the playoffs—they’ll need to be more willing defenders to succeed in the postseason.