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Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:17 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 5:45 pm
 
The Lakers are reportedly looking to add Kenyon Martin or Rasheed Wallace. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

Yahoo Sports reportsthat former Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin is expected to sign by the weekend with one of the contenders as he looks for consistent minutes where he can win. The list includes the usual favorites for the title, but Yahoo also notes that the Lakers have a backup plan if Martin heads elsewhere. 
If the Lakers don’t sign Martin, they could have interest in adding Rasheed Wallace, who contacted the team several weeks ago, a league source said. Wallace retired after the 2009-10 season, but has told friends he’s interested in returning to the NBA.
via Kenyon Martin deciding which contender to join - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.

The Lakers have been in near-constant pursuit of a backup big to help bolster their frontcourt. Troy Murphy has not set the world on fire, Josh McRoberts is inconsistent, and the Lakers are 14th in opponent offensive rebound rate. Martin's a great fit because not only can he defend and produce rebound help, even at age 34, but he's still got a decent short-range jumper he can hit when his man helps off. The Lakers can't afford to bring in a big that can't score with their offense struggling as it has.

There is a hiccup, however. Draft Express notes that Martin's Chinese team he signed with during the lockout is a half game out of the playoffs. If they were to make it, it would be another month before he's eligible to sign with NBA teams, due to a rule enacted during the lockout by the CBA. 

Sheed's a similar situation, though his conditioning is going to be a huge, gigantic question. Wallace has been out of the game for a year and a half. How's his perimeter shooting going to be after all that time and how many minutes can he actually log?

The Lakers are in need of a bigger boost than this, but short of a trade for Dwight Howard, it's unlikely they'll find one. So they'll have to work within the confines of what's available, and that means getting a little desperate. A 34-year-old who may be stuck because of his Chinese team's success (Martin was released months ago but is ineligible due to FIBA restrictions based on the CBA rule) and a 37-year-old who hasn't played in nearly two years fit that description perfectly. But with the talent on L.A., who knows how well they can perform. 

The Lakers improved to 13-9 Tuesday night with a win over the Bobcats.
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newks_bender
Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 7:52 pm
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Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 6:59 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

Interesting.   The Lakers cannot sign a big name to fill their needs because of the salary cap issues with the long term deals for Bryant, Bynum and Gasol.  Who remembers what the deals are for Fisher, World Peace and Blake?  Number 24 isn't going anywhere, so in order for any useful change to occur, Bynum and Gasol and draft picks will have to be part of a blockbuster package to get Dwight Howard.  Bringing in Howard is going to painful because they are giving away much of their championship core as well as two bigs to get one.  Couple that with the loss of draft picks ithe Lakers are mortgaging the future with no guarantee of a championship.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 6:57 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

As a die hard Denver Nuggets fan and a die-harder Los ANgeles Lakers fan, I couldn't agree more with your accessment!

If the Lakers lose Mitch Kupchek, you can start spreading the news that the Lakers will become the Clippers sooner than later . . .




Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 6:33 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

Oh God please no. Please tell me this is an early April Fools joke.



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 6:21 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

lmao, DESPERATION, LMAO...



Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 6:07 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

Oh..how the mighty have fallen..


I am a life long Lakers fan and the Lakers are really in a lot of trouble. Going after used up, washed up players like Wallace and K-mart are signs that the organazation is being ran into the ground by Jim Buss...son of owner Jerry Buss. Rumors are flying around
Los Angeles that Mitch Kupcheck is leaving the organzation at the end of the year because of Jim Buss.

There has been an erosion of class since Jerry West left the organzation and now they are about to hit rock bottom being ran
by a forty-something man who has spent the majority of his life in the rehab trying to beat his cocaine addiction. This is the
classic case of a rich man giving his son ownership of the family buisness in hopes that the buisness keeps the son on the stright and
narrow.

Jim Buss is not qualified to run the Lakers and he does not know more the Mitch Kupcheck or Ronnie Lester. If you go and do your
research on Jim Buss, you'll see that this guy hasn't done ANYTHING worth while in his life but be born to Jerry Buss. He hasn't even
followed basketball the majority of his life. He has been the classic rich son, coke-head personality that you see in movies.

Oh..how the mighty have fallen.





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Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:43 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

The Lakers are going in the wrong direction. They need young hungry athletes, not old, lost a step has beens. Bringing in Sheed would be horrible, bringing in Martin would be risky.



Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:35 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

I cannot believe the Lakers would be willing to let two dead-beats like Kmart & Sheed wear my beloved purple & gold, its a sure sign how low the Lakers have sunk to even consider signing those two. Please just sign Howard for whatever it takes and move on from there.



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