HoopsHype Kevin Martin rumors

July 2, 2013 Updates
July 1, 2013 Updates

Darren Wolfson: #Twolves haven't called on Belinelli, per a source. All signs point to the focus being on Mayo, Redick, Martin. Others likely a tier below. Twitter @DarrenWolfson

Minnesota called Oklahoma City swingman Kevin Martin right at 12:01 a.m., according to sources with knowledge of the conversation, and was soon followed by a call from the Bucks. ESPN.com

There's a growing belief that the Thunder's chances of hanging on to Martin are dwindling fast given how close they are to the luxury-tax threshold already. Sources say New Orleans will go after him if it can't land Evans and there will be other suitors, too. ESPN.com

June 30, 2013 Updates

Another unrestricted free agent shooter, Kevin Martin, is on the Wolves' radar, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Martin's agent, Dan Fegan, will be hosting teams the next few days in Los Angeles for free agent center Dwight Howard. It's possible that Fegan also has Martin there. If he does, assume Saunders will see him, too. KSTP

And now, there's this: Their third-leading scorer and the unofficial replacement for Harden, shooting guard Kevin Martin, is a free agent who is seriously considering leaving town. Martin told USA TODAY Sports that he has an interest in returning to the Thunder, but it's clear he's looking around and well aware of how unlikely it is that they'll offer the sort of contract he's looking for. The list of teams who are known to have an interest in him is long and intriguing, including the Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks, Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies. USA Today Sports

The Thunder have a payroll that currently stands at about $67 million and will increase quickly if they delve too deep into the league's luxury tax, expected to be near the $72 million mark. Because Oklahoma City has Martin's Bird rights, the league rules stipulate that they can offer him a contract up to maximum salary. Yet as the situation with Harden showed, the Thunder have no plans to go the way of the Brooklyn Nets and wind up with one of the league's most expensive teams. The combination of those two factors means Martin likely will move on. "I know they have tough decisions based on their salary cap and I have tough decisions because I'm 30 years old and I still feel like I'm ... the top shooting guard, actually starting shooting guard, in this free agency," Martin said by phone. "Both sides have positions, and I think we'll face them in the upcoming week and just see how the whole process plays out. As (Thunder general manager) Sam (Presti) told me, I deserve to be in this process." USA Today Sports

June 9, 2013 Updates
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June 7, 2013 Updates

A source close to the situation reiterated what was reported in this space two weeks ago: guard O.J. Mayo is a big- time free agent priority this summer for the Wolves. Interestingly, depending on your view, there is no free agent buzz involving the Wolves and guard Kevin Martin. He played for Wolves coach Rick Adelman in Houston. 1500 ESPN

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