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Kenyon Martin agrees to record offer in China

Posted on: September 10, 2011 8:09 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2011 10:29 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverkenyon-martin

Update (Wednesday, 10:26 p.m.)

The Denver Post reports that Martin has agreed to the deal with Xingiang Guanghui. Yahoo Sports reports that, all told, the deal will be worth $3 million.

Original Post

Anything you can do, I can do better. I can get record offers from the Chinese Basketball Association better than you. No, you can't! Yes, I can. Yes, I can. Yes, I can.

Just days after Denver Nuggets free agent guard J.R. Smith reportedly received a record offer from a Chinese team, Nuggets free agent forward Kenyon Martin has reportedly received offers even larger than Smith's. This gravy train actually began less than two weeks ago when Nuggets free agent forward Wilson Chandler signed a one-year deal with Zhejiang Guangsha.

The Denver Post was first with the story.
Kenyon Martin has received significant interest from two professional teams in the Chinese Basketball Association, which would make him the highest-paid player in the history of that league, a source said today.

The longtime Nuggets power forward is currently weighing his options. If he signed with a team he would make more than the reported $3 million that Nuggets teammate J.R. Smith would make for a Chinese team, the source said.

ESPN.com followed up with a few more details.

Sources told ESPN.com on Friday night that the team Martin has engaged with most seriously is Xinjiang Guanghui ... or the Flying Tigers of Xinjiang. Xinjiang is also among the teams in China that have entered into serious talks with Philadelphia 76ers restricted free agent Thaddeus Young. Yet one source close to the situation says that the Flying Tigers are focusing more now on Martin, with the Post reporting that K-Mart has been offered more than the reported $3 million that Smith has been offered by Shanxi Zhongyu. 

Not that Martin is consulting with the blogosphere on this one, but I would strongly advise that he take a pass on China. Then again, I would have also advised against the "lips on the neck" and getting involved romantically with a female rapper whose lyrics consist exclusively of body parts and profanities (sometimes both at the same time), so that doesn't mean much.

In a recent look at the most risky overseas signings, I pinpointed remaining guaranteed money on a contract, injury history and age as three critical determining factors in assessing whether a move overseas during the lockout was a good idea. While Martin is an unrestricted free agent and therefore wouldn't be putting at risk any money that he's already earned, he is in line for a fairly good sized contract, either from the Nuggets or a suitor in free agency. His best years are behind him, but he's still a physical, intimidating presence who still averaged 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds last season.

But when it comes to injury history and age, the red flags start popping up quickly. Martin is about to turn 34 and likely has no more than two, possibly three, more productive seasons left. What's more, he has multiple microfracture knee surgeries in his past and has missed 165 regular games combined in the last five seasons. That pencils out to 40 percent of all regular season games! He missed nearly half of last season after rehabilitating from another knee injury.

The only way agreeing to play in China makes sense for Martin is if he has come to the conclusion that his body clock is ticking loudly. If that's the case, avoiding a wasted year of salary if the NBA shuts down becomes a greater concern. Otherwise, he's better off simply to wait his turn for another NBA pay day.
Comments

Since: Mar 4, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Kenyon Martin agrees to record offer in China

Without these "slumdog millionaires" there wouldn't be a NBA.  Reality is, for example Allen Iverson is more exciting than Steve Blake.  The end result has to entertain the fans.  Regardless of off court behavior, superstars sellout games, sell merchandise and concessions, just so multi-national corporations can market their products to the masses.  I know, too much for this forum.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 4:13 pm
 

Kenyon Martin agrees to record offer in China

I'm sure China is a wonderful country...considering there have been about a million people killed there trying to escape in the last 60 years.

A word of caution though, leave your bag of dope here, and you should be better behaved in their strip clubs than you were here...the may shoot you AND your lawyer in the eye, and the most cooperation they will give, is to ask the U.S. Embassy for money to help look for you. 

Let ALL these slumdog millionaires go...AND LET THE NBA GO ON WITHOUT THEM. No one will miss them long, except for their agents, homeboys and ex-wives missing their regular income.   




Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Kenyon Martin agrees to record offer in China

And where did Fox News come into play. What part of my comment lead you to make any assumptions (jumping to conclusions?) about my political alignment. Also, wouldn't that mean you assumed that if I were a conservative then I had to watch Fox News (another leap to a conclusion). I also never mentioned the Middle East. Nor did I claim that Europe was a part of China. So really, let me just get this straight. You assumed I've never been to China, am a right-winger, watch Fox News, can't distinguish between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres, don't realize the goverment runs the basketball league....anything else you? So to finally put this one to rest, I made no assumptions. And you made...looks like five.



Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Kenyon Martin agrees to record offer in China

And you misquoted me. I said "I love seeing these guys signing contracts over in China. European leagues are notorious for not coming through on payments." Then gave an explanation before my next paragraph which was started, "But China is a whole different story." That was followed by another explanation. So again, if we are going to talk about jumping to conclusions, please don't be a hypocrit, and read what I wrote to the end (otherwise know as a conclusion).



Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:33 pm
 

Kenyon Martin agrees to record offer in China

I'm an International Relations/Asian Studies major and have spent time studying in China. It's a great country, but it has many flaws (just as any other country). And I'm not necessarily saying that the Chinese won't pay players. But there are many ethical and legal issues that I(and probably others) have with the Chinese government. Human rights violations, freedom of speech issues, pollution, manipulation of the economic market, poor treatment of workers, the treatment of minorities, etc.

I just find it funny that our athletes are so eager to make money that they are willing to jump into the situation that is often times not quite what they imagined. And thank you for providing me with a sad commentary, the fact that a country will treat a foreign millionaire basketball player infinitely better than millions upon millions of its own citizens. And if you are accusing me of jumping to conclusions, how much time did you spend in Xi'an, Guilin, the slums of Shanghai? Go there and tell me the CCP is treating its people well.



Since: Mar 4, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Kenyon Martin agrees to record offer in China

I love seeing these guys signing contracts over in China. European leagues are notorious for not coming through on payments.
When did China become apart of Europe.  Have you been to China, or are you depending on Fox News for your assessment of Chinese culture?  I played in China and the Middle East.  These places are often portrayed as bad places to live.  American athletes are not treated the same as their native citizens.  Their government controls the CBA league.  They are smart enough to know what they are getting.  Dont't come to conclusions on other countries culture until you experience it for yourself.



Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 11:35 am
 

Kenyon Martin agrees to record offer in China

I love seeing these guys signing contracts over in China. European leagues are notorious for not coming through on payments. Conditions aren't the greatest. But it is still Europe. The language might be different, maybe some cultural differences, different clothing , maybe. But all in all, the food is familiar, the music is recognizable, the political and ideological beliefs are not too much different from what we see in America. Europe, America, we're both the West.

But China, now that's a whole different story. Do these guys have any idea what they are getting into. A big brother government, a completely foreign language, dress, culture, social norms, way of thinking. The glitzy, self-centered, liberal, me me me culture of America is so utterly different from how people think and act in the East. So I just love seeing these guys go over there. If I can say anything, it's that these guys will get a great look into a place and people completely and utterly different from their own.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:20 am
 

Kenyon Martin agrees to record offer in China

Is ANYONE looking to sign Kenyon Martin up on current events ? This guy is a mess physically, old and not great anymore, even as a role player.

It's probably a misunderstanding...

Maybe the Chinese thought they were buying corporate K-Mart for $3M, instead of the basketball player. When he does arrive, they'll probably want to dis-assemble Martin to reverse engineer the "prototypical NBA player" so they can clone him with inferior materials. Maybe he SHOULD go, after all.  



Since: Mar 31, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:04 am
 

Kenyon Martin agrees to record offer in China

He sucks in the NBA so maybe he can be a star in China!! Have fun in China and we NBA fans hope to NOT see you back. Undersized, injury-prone, no jump shot, head case.... exactly what every team is looking for!!



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 11, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Kenyon Martin weighing record offers from China?

 Probably because China actually exports... The US is almost strictly a consumer now. The empire is quickly coming to an end. China will own your ass within a decade.


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