Kevin Martin RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:185 lbs. / 83.9 kg.
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:185 lbs. / 83.9 kg.
The Timberwolves sought out trading partners for two veteran shooting guards, Chase Budinger and Kevin Martin. Sources have said, though, that a deal for one or both of those players will be much more likely this summer, with Budinger’s contract down to one year at $5 million and Martin’s to two years for $14.4 million. Saunders likes Martin and won’t give him away, but Minnesota is not expecting big returns for either player, should a move come about.
As tip-off time approaches, keep an eye on the Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin (hamstring), who is questionable tonight after missing back-to-back games. If he sits again, forward Chase Budinger ($2,200 salary, 4.4% of cap) should make a great source of cap relief. Budinger is averaging 31.63 fantasy points in two starts in place of Martin, and he comes at the minimum salary.
Kevin Martin, the wily vet, knows the impact Garnett will have, both on and off the court. “That locker room is going to be turned upside down,” Martin said. “He’ll definitely put his handprint on it. That’s what we needed in the locker room, somebody who ‘s been through it all, a Hall of Famer. And intense like he is, it’s definitely going to change.’’
Sam Amick: Kevin Martin trade unlikely, but sidenote: Martin likes Minny, & would only have interest in Dallas among previously mentioned teams.
Sam Amick: On the Kevin Martin front, I’m told from the T-Wolves side that there’s “no way” he’s going to be bought out. Flip Saunders loves him. Trade-wise, Rox, Bulls, Wiz have interest. Dallas always liked him. Sacramento (Cousins has same agent as Martin). Seeming unlikely though.
With all that said, wouldn’t be shocked if they held onto Martin as well. Flip loves him and despite interest from teams like the Bulls, Wizards and Kings … Flip does like having a veteran presence in the locker room who takes some of the scoring pressure off Wiggins.
Teams trying to move high-priced veterans like Prince, Andrea Bargnani (Knicks), Bass (Celtics), Kevin Martin (Timberwolves) and David Lee (Warriors) aren’t likely to find any takers. All of the above, besides Lee, would then be headed for buyouts, sources say.
Alex Kennedy: Sources believe Minny’s veterans could be had for the right price. That means Thaddeus Young, Kevin Martin, Nik Pekovic, etc. may be dealt.
Saunders insists he’s not trading Martin. “I think he’s more valuable to us,” said Saunders, who in a lesser move could trade Chase Budinger or Anthony Bennett by Thursday. “That’s where we’re at right now. Those two guys were not starters when the season started. Brewer was coming off the bench behind Martin and Wiggins, and Mo was backing up Ricky. Martin was a starter. So from our perspective, I place a lot of value on Kevin, what he can do and how he can help Wiggins and these other guys.”
Darren Wolfson:.@Chris Mannix has the #Wizards as a team to watch on the Kevin Martin trade front. Told his name hasn’t come up there yet. #twolves
Player to keep an eye on before the trade deadline: Minnesota’s Kevin Martin. Martin is owed $14 million over the next two seasons but could be a valuable asset to a team looking for scoring punch off the bench. Dallas, Washington among the possibilities.
Kevin Martin plans to play tonight against Boston at Target Center, his first game back since he fractured his right shooting wrist against New York on Nov. 19, according to sources with knowledge of his health. He had hoped to make his return last Wednesday against Dallas, but awoke that morning with it significantly swollen. He had fluid drained from it on Thursday and has had a compression brace on it since then.
Andy Greder: #Twolves guard Kevin Martin (fractured right shooting wrist) remains listed as out for Wednesday’s game vs. #Celtics.
Martin smiled when asked how he shot it Monday, an indication he shot his 100 attempts very well. “It was a good day,” he said. “That’s one thing I can do is shoot. ‘‘I’ll give it one more hard day of practice and see how I feel.”
Veteran guard Kevin Martin returned to shooting workouts Monday for the first time in nearly a week now that he had fluid drained from his surgically repaired wrist, and said he’s hopeful he can return for Wednesday’s game against Boston. “It feels better now than it did when I started practicing two weeks ago,” said Martin, out since November. “Getting it drained helps a lot.”
Kevin Martin (wrist), Ricky Rubio (ankle) and Shabazz Muhammad (outer oblique strain) are out for Minnesota. Zach LaVine (illness) spent yesterday at home, but is expected to play tonight.
Two of the three injured Timberwolves starters had positive developments Wednesday — but their returns likely remain weeks away. Center Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and guard Kevin Martin (wrist) both participated in contract drills Wednesday morning. “They are making a little bit of progress,” Wolves coach Flip Saunders said. The Wolves, however, remain cautious with point guard Ricky Rubio (ankle). “He still has some soreness after … he runs,” Saunders said.