Shooting guard Kevin Martin has averaged 20 or more points in six different seasons throughout his career but was on the market after the Minnesota Timberwolves waived him on March 1. That is no longer the case after the San Antonio Spurs officially added Martin on Wednesday.
The timing here is important, as Martin is postseason-eligible because Minnesota waived him on March 1 before the midnight deadline.
It also comes as little surprise another team grabbed him so quickly. Stein reported Friday that the Spurs weren't the only club interested in Martin's services:
ESPN sources say Thunder, Grizzlies and Wizards joined Houston and Dallas in pursuit of Kevin Martin, but early favorite San Antonio won out— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) March 5, 2016
At his best, Martin was a volume scorer who could light it up from deep and change games in a hurry when he got hot. He was quietly one of the league's most dangerous scorers in his prime, and his ability to get to the line and convert at a high clip made him even more valuable.
While Martin struggled this season, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune said the Western Carolina product had a hard time fitting in with the Timberwolves because interim coach Sam Mitchell wanted to play the young guys.
The Timberwolves are rebuilding with an eye on the future, but Martin's new team can use the 33-year-old as a veteran presence. In fact, 39-year-old former Timberwolves teammate Andre Miller made his Spurs debut Wednesday night.
For his career, which began in 2004, Martin has averages of 17.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists. He won't be expected to put up numbers near those, but he gives the Spurs yet another seasoned pro as they head toward their 19th straight postseason appearance.