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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.
Comments

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:29 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

If the Lakers sign either K-Mart or Sheed, the Lakers themselves will be leading the NBA in technical fouls. These players are always being targeted by the referees during the season.



Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:25 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

In the last 2 games, Murphy has put up 18-10-5 in 40 minutes.  Looks like he may finally be shaking the rust.  If he is, he brings everything these two can combine to offer and more.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:12 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

The Lakers are desperate.  It's so funny to see.  They are flawed and they know it.  Worst of all, Buss Junior is running the show, and he's clueless.

HAHAHAHA
I don't think that the Lakers are desperate just yet, they play in the Pacific Division where there only 2 team with a winning record. All they have to do is finish better then the Clippers, I think they will make the Playoffs so at worse they be a 8th seed.



Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:08 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

Sounds like the Los Angeles Lakers have begun to panic a little, but I give them credit for realizing their current roster wasn't going to be able to be a threat in the tough Western Conference. I think all three guys could help them out and I'm including Gilbert Arenas in the mix of potential Laker signings.

The only one I'd really worry about is Rasheed Wallace because of his long layoff, but he must be in good enough shape or he wouldn't have contacted the team a couple of weeks ago.  



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:07 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

Wonder if they are getting pieces for Howard? Both these peeps don't seem to improve the Lakers.



Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:56 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

KENYON played very well for the Nuggets last season.



Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:55 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

Kenyon played well for the Nuggets last year. If you know NBA, u should know that.



Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:54 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

Kenyon played very well last year for the Nuggets. If you know NBA you should know that.



Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:31 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

What a waste on these three deadheads,  i would give them the time of the day.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:23 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

The Lakers are desperate.  It's so funny to see.  They are flawed and they know it.  Worst of all, Buss Junior is running the show, and he's clueless.

HAHAHAHA 


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