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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: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:22 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

The Magic  are going to be forced to move Howard and no one else has the player the Magic want....Bynum.  The Clippers aren't going to trade Blake,  NJ might trade Lopez but so what.  The Celtics have Rondo but Bynum is the prize.  No way the Lakers will trade both Gasol and Bynum to get Howard. 

Bynum, Mav's #1, Lakers #1, Ebanks or Character, Murphy for Howard and Hedo.  

Leave Gasol alone.  He is a great PF who can play in/out of the post.    Run with Fish, Blake and Goud at PG this year.  Next year D.Williams will come.   Or there is always Aaron Brooks. 

 

 



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:07 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

Bynum for Howard is a fair deal.  Howard is better but will walk while Bynum has another year left.
Gasol for Howard is a fair deal.  Gasol is locked up for 2 more years.

In either deal the Lakers would need to give them someonthing young or for the future.  That's where the #1 pick from the Odom trade comes in. The Lakers can give them both the Maveriks and Lakers #1 in 2012 with either player and throw in a promising Ebanks or Character, heck take both.  Lakers can also swap Murphy for Hedu to take salary off the Magic books. 

 




Since: Mar 16, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2012 2:32 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

Ive been a Laker fan forever, if they sign BIG MOUTH Wallace, im never watching or rooting for them again!!!!!



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 2:21 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

a shouter or shooter? hmmmm...... he may shout loud but shoots better! lol




Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 2:10 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

Wallace or Martin. I'll take Wallace, 80per foul shouter and can hit the 3pt shot.



Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 2:06 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

I'm no expert on the situation, but it seems reasonable to me that if they're banking on Kobe for the next three years in hopes of winning, then they don't need to worry about being young. I'd trade Gasol, Bynum & my 1st round pick to Orlando for Howard. Then I would sign Martin and Arenas together. Howard ca nbe the nucleus for the future; Kobe the present, and have Martin & Arenas sign one year deals.......



Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:44 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

 is expected to decide by this weekend which NBA team he’ll join, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The , , , ,  and  have expressed interest in signing the veteran forward.

Martin signed with Xinjiang Gyang Hui of the Chinese Basketball Association, but has since returned to the United States. He’s not eligible to sign with an NBA team until Xinjiang’s season ends, which could be as soon as Feb. 16.

“He’s a veteran guy who knows how to win at a high level and in a playoff environment,” one NBA general manager said. “He also plays multiple positions. If you get him to a situation where he can be an -typeof guy, that’s a heck of a guy to add to your roster.”

Martin, 34, has visited with as many as five teams over the past two weeks and has another meeting scheduled Wednesday, sources said. He averaged 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in 48 games with the Nuggets last season. Martin wants to join a winning team that gives him consistent minutes.

Martin has been working out in Los Angeles, where he owns a house, and his hometown of Dallas.

If the Lakers don’t sign Martin, they could have interest in adding , 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.





Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:37 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

Disco - Thanks for the laugh, Paul Pierce a Laker. Good one.




Since: Feb 1, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:30 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

I beleave k mart is a good fit for the lakers thinking in a future trade that will bring D Howard but they also need arenas he will give then more ofense and more hoops to bynum also more space to kobe do his thing



Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:25 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

hahahaha the lakers are so desperate!! It doesn't matter who you get, they still won't go anywhere!


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