NBA Rumors: Why NY Knicks Should Stay Away from Kenyon Martin

Ryan DavenportContributor INovember 10, 2012

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As the NBA's only remaining unbeaten team, the last thing the New York Knicks should be doing is making any roster adjustments, because until Mike Woodson's squad falters, there's no reason to mess with a good thing.

And that includes signing free-agent power forward Kenyon Martin, as ESPN's Marc Stein had previously tweeted that the Knicks were interested in Martin.

It's not that Martin isn't still a valuable depth player, because the former No. 1 overall pick showed during his stint with the Clippers last season that he's still got some game left in him. 

Instead, it's that as Ian Begley of ESPN New York pointed out, there's no one on the roster that the Knicks should consider cutting in order to bring in the 34-year-old former All-Star.

"Of course, Martin would add front line depth, which could be valuable for a team reliant on interior defense and rebounding.

But bringing in Martin means the Knicks would need to cut someone from their 15-man roster. They have two non-guaranteed contracts in Wallace and rookie Chris Copeland.

Wallace isn't getting cut. Woodson wouldn't do that to him after the 38-year-old agreed to come out of a two-year retirement to join the Knicks.

Copeland showed promise in the preseason, averaging 15.5 points per game and displaying a burgeoning confidence with each minute on the floor. But is it worth letting him go to bring in the 34-year-old Martin?"

If Chris Copeland hadn't been an offensive force during the preseason, GM Glen Grunwall and Woodson would likely consider cutting him to make room for Martin, but for the time being, Copeland has earned his spot on the roster.

Similarly, Martin would be a more desirable option for the Knicks had they not been successful in coaxing Rasheed Wallace out of retirement, but with Wallace getting better with each game, highlighted by a 10-point outing against Philadelphia on Monday, he's not going anywhere either.

In all likelihood, Martin will get an offer somewhere, but especially given the level of chemistry the Knicks have developed despite Jeremy Lin's departure, New York should pass on signing the one-time star forward.