Tag:Kenyon Martin
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:00 am

Report Card: LeBron gets ridiculous in Milwaukee

Posted by Royce Young

 LeBron had the kind of night where you mention him with Ewing, Barkley and Duncan. (Getty Images)

Each night, Eye on Basketball brings you what you need to know about the games of the NBA. From great performances to terrible clock management the report card evaluates and eviscerates the good, the bad, and the ugly from the night that was.

LeBron James
In 31 minutes, LeBron basically demolished the Milwaukee Bucks. That's what they get for beating the Heat twice this season, I guess. LeBron went for 35 points on 16-21 shooting with eight rebounds just for fun. As pointed out on Twitter, the only players to do that the last 20 years are Tim Duncan, Alonzo Mourning, Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing.
Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks continue to steadily climb the hill as they picked up a very nice win over the Clippers Monday. Dirk scored 22 but on 5-15 shooting. He did close the game especially well, which he tends to do. The Mavs though got a bit of everything from a lot of different parties -- Shawn Marion had 16, Vince Carter 10, Delonte West 10, Brendan Haywood 10. Not that anyone ever wrote the Mavs off, but now they're actually getting our attention again.
Chris Kaman
The big guy started for New Orleans and did his job putting up 27 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Utah. He was deactivated as the Hornets shopped him around so this does two things: Helps the Hornets win because a good player played well and increases his trade value. The Hornets probably prefer losses to help the lottery ball odds, but Kaman playing well is a very good thing for New Orleans.
Kenyon Martin Martin played his best game with his new team scoring 10 points in 26 minutes while adding four blocks. He's absolutely everything the Clippers need off the bench. He's a big, physical body and if he's in good shape, he'll probably be a 25-30 minute fixture in that rotation. 
Dwight Howard The Magic picked up a nice win over the Wolves, but it certainly wasn't because of Howard. He was in constant foul trouble which limited him to only 11 points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes. And as for being a closer: He scored three points in the fourth on three shots. 
Charlotte Bobcats The Bobcats put up a fight against the 76ers, but as you might've assumed, lost. Why do you assume? Because that makes 15 in a row Charlotte has lost. 
Utah Jazz
Maybe the Jazz are coming back down to Earth. Another loss, with this one coming to the dreadful Hornets. Granted, it was the second night of a back-to-back and they won in Memphis the night before, but that's five of seven in the loss column for Utah, with this one being against a terrible team. You can't do that when you're trying to compete for a playoff spot in the West. 
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:03 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2012 10:37 pm

Clippers sign Kenyon Martin

Posted by Ben Golliver 
Kenyon Martin is reportedly headed to Lob City. (Getty Images)

Update: The Los Angeles Clippers officially announced the signing of free agent forward Kenyon Martin on Friday.

“Kenyon is the ultimate competitor and a key acquisition," said Vice President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey in a press release. “We expect that he will provide additional experience, passion and professionalism, as well as some important depth to our front court."

The Clippers report that Martin is expected to join the team on their current road trip in Orlando and will wear uniform No. 2.

Original Post: K-Mart is back from China and reportedly ready to open up shop in Lob City.

The Los Angeles Times reports that free agent forward Kenyon Martin, who played for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association during the lockout, has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. 
The Clippers and free-agent forward Kenyon Martin have agreed on a mini-midlevel deal that will be finalized as soon as Martin passes a physical, according to an NBA individual familiar with the negotiations.

Other teams that had been interested in Martin were the Lakers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks.
A mini-midlevel contract is worth $2.5 million per year for up to two years. It's a new contract offer under the collective bargaining agreement available to teams who are over the salary cap. 

Yahoo Sports confirms that the Clippers and Martin have reached agreement on a 1-year deal for $2.5 million.

Martin, 34, is an 11-year NBA veteran, spending the last seven seasons with the Denver Nuggets. Last season, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft averaged 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds as a starting power forward for the Nuggets.

He brings a no-nonsense, physical style of play and represents a badly-needed addition to the Clippers' thin frontcourt. After the exciting starting duo of All-Star forward Blake Griffin and starting center DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers' pickings are pretty slim. They've made due with the likes of Reggie Evans and Brian Cook, but Martin plugs in nicely as a third big man.

Martin's signed with Xinjiang for a reported $3 million back in September, in the thick of stalled labor negotiations. It was reportedly the largest deal in Chinese Basketball History. In December, Martin reached a buyout with Xinjiang and returned to the United States.

Martin's NBA eligibility has been in question recently. On Thursday, a report surfaced that Martin had received clearance from FIBA to return to the NBA prior to the end of the Chinese Basketball Association's season. Later Thursday, Yahoo Sports reported that China was pushing back against FIBA regarding the clearance. It's still not yet completely clear when Martin will be available to play for the Clippers, but more details should be known soon.
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:54 pm

K-Mart gets FIBA clearance to return to NBA?

Posted by Royce Young

Kenyon Martin has received a surprising early clearance from FIBA that will allow him to return to an NBA team, according to multiple reports. Martin signed with a Chinese team during the lockout and because of Chinese Basketball Association rules would not be allowed to return to the NBA until his team's season ended.

Martin, however, reached a buyout agreement with his team in December and basically has just been sitting and waiting for their season to finish, which should happen in about two weeks.

Reportedly, Martin has drawn interest from the Lakers, Clippers, Spurs, Hawks and Heat. According to Yahoo! Sports, Martin is visiting with the Hawks today in fact.

The Hawks have a major need for a guy like Martin as Al Horford was essentially lost for the rest of the regular season with a shoulder injury recently. Martin wants to join a good team, but he also wants to play and there's a clear hole for him to fill in Atlanta.

Martin, 34, played last season in Denver averaging 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in 48 appearances for the Nuggets. He still has a little left in the tank and obviously is looking to join a contender and contribute to a strong championship, playoff push.
Posted on: February 2, 2012 1:22 am

Report: Heat made offers to Martin, Pryzbilla

 Miami is reportedly recruiting Martin and Joel Przybilla. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

You won't believe this, but it doesn't sound like Eddy Curry was the answer inside for the Miami Heat.

According to ESPN.com, the Heat have made offers to two free agent big men to try and help build their interior depth -- Kenyon Martin and Joel Przybilla.

The Heat have offered contracts to both Joel Przybilla and Kenyon Martin, their agents told ESPN.com. Przybilla is expected to make a choice between the Chicago Bulls and Heat, according to agent Bill Duffy. Martin is interested in several teams, with the Heat in the mix, according to agent Andy Miller…

Heat president Pat Riley has been recruiting both players as the Heat look to add depth to their frontcourt.

Martin most recently was in China honoring his contract with Xinjiang, but left the team in December. Because of Chinese Basketball Association rules, Martin wouldn't be eligible to sign with the Heat for another two weeks until Xinjiang's season is over. Martin has also been recruited by the Lakers, Spurs Knicks and Hawks. He averaged 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in 48 games for the Nuggets last year.

Przybilla has been retired because of injury issues, but according to the report is healthy and "believes he can contribute to a contender in a limited role off the bench." Przybilla is reportedly expected to make a decision between the Heat and Bulls by the end of the week.

Przybilla played in 36 games for the Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Bobcats last season, averaging 1.8 points and 4.0 rebounds.

The Heat obviously are desperate for a big man to provide some post scoring, toughness and rebounding on the inside. Joel Anthony is solid, but behind him is Curry, Juwan Howard and Dexter Pittman. If Przybilla is truly healthy, having his 7-1 frame on the block would surely help LeBron and Wade.

Same goes for Martin, who added to a frontcourt of Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem would give Miami quite the trio of power forwards. It's doubtful the Heat would look to sign both.

The Heat's roster stands at 15 so if one were to sign, a cut would have to be made. Curry is the obvious candidate as he has a non-guaranteed contract with Miami.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:17 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 5:45 pm

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

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.
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:17 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 12:19 pm

Kenyon Martin reaches buyout with Chinese team

Posted by Royce Young

Kenyon Martin was one of a handful of NBA players that decided to sign in China, despite the Chinese Basketball Association installing a rule that didn't allow NBA opt-out clauses.

Players like Martin, J.R. Smith, Aaron Brooks and Wilson Chandler seem to be trapped in China until their season ends sometime in February or March.

Martin however, reached a buyout with his team Xinjiang, according to Yahoo! Sports. There's a catch though: As part of the agreement, Martin must honor the Chinese Basketball Association's rules and wait for the end of his team's season to return to the NBA. The CBA's regular season ends in February, but it's likely his team will play in the postseason, so it could be March.

Martin's deal with Xinjiang was worth a record $3 million.

This is massively important for Brooks, Smith and Chandler's situations as this has set the precedent for how their buyouts will be handled. I'd expect them to seek similar buyouts with their teams, but they won't be given clearance to return to the NBA until the end of their CBA season, meaning they done messed up by signing in China despite knowing the no opt-out clause.

There was an expection that Smith and Chandler would be released by their teams, but that doesn't appear to be happening.

Most players seemed to think that getting out of their Chinese contracts would work. Earl Clark did it, citing personal reasons to leave. But he did this while the lockout was still in place. The players wanting to leave now are leaving for the obvious reason to return to the NBA.

Why reach a buyout now and not just play out the season? Injury, obviously. Martin doesn't want to risk anything playing in China when he can become a free agent in March. He wants to get healthy and get ready to join a team, hopefully in time for a postseason run.
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:37 am

J.R. Smith, Chandler to be released in China

Posted by Royce Young

When J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler signed contracts to play in China during the lockout, it appears they were basically out of the 2011-12 NBA season. The Chinese Basketball Association built in a "no opt-out" clause that wouldn't allow temporary renting of NBA players during the lockout.

Doesn't appear that rule holds much weight. Already Earl Clark has gone to the Far East and returned despite the no opt-out rule. And you might be able to add two more that: J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler.

ESPN.com reports there's a "quiet expectation in Chinese basketball circles is that Chandler and Smith will be released by teams there when NBA lockout ends."

But how? I thought there was a rule stopping this from happening?

There is, but that doesn't mean teams can't waive their players. And if Chandler and Smith's teams were to waive them, they'd be free to return if they want. And not just that, but players can sort of force their team's hand to waive them by asking for it or just refusing to play. Chinese hoops blog NIUBBall put it this way:
Technically, yes that’s true. But you forgot to consider an important point — this is the CBA (Chinese Basketball Association)! Despite what the language of a contract may say, there are no such things as “guaranteed contracts” and “no out-clauses.” When it comes down to it, no team is willing to pay and play an import that doesn’t want to be here. With China’s paper thin pool of domestic talent, imports are relied heavily upon to be the focus of the offense and put up huge numbers. If a player doesn’t want to be here, there’s no reason for a team to keep him on board only to see his performance decline on the stat sheet and the team’s losses stack up in the standings.
As for former Nugget teammate Kenyon Martin, the report says Martin's team Xinjiang wants him to stay with them the entire season. Which if the team wants it and is willing to continue to pay him, then that rule carries weight.

When free agency finally starts in the NBA, Chandler would be a restricted free agent and Smith unrestricted.
Posted on: October 10, 2011 12:09 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 6:56 pm

Kenyon Martin is an angry person

Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: Hey guess what, Kenyon Martin says he didn't say that. He tweeted: "This is Kenyon folks I didn't write that about the aids! I can say some sh-- but I'm not that f---ing crazy."

Kenyon Martin has always had the reputation of being a tough guy. The tattoos, the attitude, the care-free way he talks -- everyone knows Martin's not a guy to be trifled with.

Well, he's taken that same attitude to Twitter. Martin went on a profanity laced tirade Sunday against "haters" and didn't hold back. Observe what he closed with:

I don't know if this makes me a "hater," but Kenyon Martin probably should be grounded from Twitter. That tweet was probably the tamest of his tirade. You can just check his feed if you want to see what he had to say directly.

This is sort of the shame of Twitter though. We get players uncensored for once. We get them away from their PR people, away from the locker room and in a place where they're going to mostly be themselves. Which is great -- and terrifying. We all knew Kenyon Martin isn't a choir boy and that he's going to say and do what he wants, but I really hope he doesn't want everyone to catch "full blown" AIDS and die. (What would half blown AIDS be?)

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