Miami Heat Rumors: Kenyon Martin On the Verge Of Signing?
At 34 years old, Martin (R) could still be useful to the Heat or any other team that ends up signing him. (Photo: Facebook / LAClippers)
Unrestricted free agent Kenyon Martin wants to play for the Miami Heat at some point, according to Ira Winderman of the Florida Sun-Sentinel.
After coming off the bench to average 5.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 22.2 minutes in 42 games with the Los Angeles Clippers while backing up Blake Griffin last season, the Clippers didn't attempt to re-sign the 34-year-old Martin this offseason. Teams such as the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs expressed interest at the start of free agency, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, but no NBA team, including the aforementioned ones, has yet to offer a contract -- even a non-guaranteed deal -- to Martin.
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Martin said in October that he hoped to sign with a title contender and was even worth the mini mid-level exception or higher, but soon changed his thought process saying to Yahoo Sports that he would play for anyone even at the league's veteran's minimum salary.
Ironically enough, he seems to have flip-flopped again, although the Heat are obviously part of the pool of "anyone" that can offer him the minimum salary. The Heat could use Martin along the frontcourt for depth, toughness and defense. However, they have 15 players on the roster, which means either Terrel Harris or Josh Harrellson, who both have non-guaranteed deals, could be let go to make room.
With Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem and Joel Anthony, though, the Heat do already have stability in the paint and not a lot of minutes available unless coach Erik Spoelstra decides to make a change to the rotation. Plus, the bigs are most likely providing enough production that no one at all needs to come in and disrupt chemistry.
Still, even at his age, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Martin can still get a shot to play, even if not for the Heat. His knee is healthy now, and almost every team in the league could use more depth, especially down low.
The Heat did offer Martin a contract to add depth to their frontcourt back in February once he came back from playing overseas in China before he ultimately decided to play in Los Angeles. Martin considered contenders back then, too, such as the Heat (who, of course won the title), the Clippers (who lost to the Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals), Spurs, Knicks and Hawks.