Martin announced his retirement from professional basketball in November, the Zanesville Times Recorder reports. Martin announced the news in an advertisement in his hometown newspaper, officially ending his 12-year NBA odyssey. The 33-year-old only reached the postseason three times in his career, but was one of the more prolific scoring options at shooting guard during stops with the Kings, Rockets, Thunder, Timberwolves and Spurs. He'll finish his career with averages of 17.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 30.2 minutes per game over 714 career NBA appearances.
Martin is dealing with an illness and will not play in Sunday's Game 4 against the Grizzlies, Jabari Young of San Antonio Express-News reports. Martin went into Friday's Game 3 available to play, but was eventually held out because of an illness. He's still feeling some lingering effects and will sit out of Sunday's Game 4 as well. The illness likely won't keep Martin out for long and if the Spurs finish off the sweep Sunday, the earliest they could start the second round is next Saturday, which means Martin should have nearly a week off for recovery.
Martin scored 10 points (3-4 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT) to go with one assist and one rebound across 17 minutes in Tuesday's 94-68 win over the Grizzlies in Game 2 of the series. By virtue of the Spurs throttling the Grizzlies in both of the first two games of the series, Martin has been able to see some increased shot attempts while coming off the bench, leading to back-to-back 10-point outings. While he was once one of the game's top scoring guards during his prime, Martin seems content to settle into a role as a low-minute three-point shooter off the bench, which will limit his production more often than not.
Martin poured in 17 points (5-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six rebounds and a steal over 26 minutes in Friday's 102-98 loss to the Nuggets. The 12-year veteran put together his best effort since being acquired in a trade with the Timberwolves at the end of February. Always a potentially dangerous marksman, Martin connected on a pair of threes while also doing some solid work on the glass. While the minutes boost was encouraging, Martin may see his playing time reduced if coach Gregg Popovich returns to his regular rotation for the Spurs next contest versus the Warriors on Sunday.
Martin will draw the start in Friday's matchup with the Grizzlies, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports. Martin will snatch the start due to Danny Green sitting this one out. The Spurs are resting a few players Friday, which has resulted in Martin becoming an intriguing DFS play. He posted 12 points, one rebound, one assist, and two triples in 15 minutes during his last outing.
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