HoopsHype Kevin Martin rumors

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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

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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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Kevin Durant leads all NBA players in career commercial appearances with 63 at last count, according to standings calculated by HoopsHype. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is second with 42 and Miami's LeBron James is third with 39. In team rankings, OKC ranks third with 88 total commercials, trailing the Los Angeles Lakers with 125 and the Miami Heat with 91. Russell Westbrook is second among Thunder players with 11 commercials, followed by Serge Ibaka (six), Nick Collison, Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha (two each), Kevin Martin and Reggie Jackson (one each). Oklahoman

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Some have said you and Serge have been asked to play a different role than you have been all year and it takes a little while to adjust to it. Kevin Martin: “Yeah, but we're fine. That's no excuse for us right now. We just have to do what we're supposed to do.” Oklahoman

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Darnell Mayberry 11:11 a.m. I've always liked Lamb's potential. But while I think he can replace some of K-Mart's perimeter shooting, I'm not positive he can move without the ball as well doing things like cutting and working the two-man game like K-Mart does with Nick Collison. But money matters. And I just don't see the Thunder being able to bring back Martin. Not when a talent like Lamb, who would be a much cheaper alternative, is waiting in line. Oklahoman

March 25, 2013 Updates

In a Q&A with The Oklahoman, Kevin Martin discussed the things that are important to him and how he envisions his first taste of unrestricted free agency playing out. Q: When the time comes, what's going to go into your decision of where to sign this summer? A: I don't know. I can have a perception of what's going to go into it, but this is going to be my first time doing it. My perception would be happiness and a good fit basketball-wise. I'm in a situation that after nine years I don't have to chase money. So I think that part goes into a lot of guys' minds when it happens. But for me, I found a new happiness here when I got traded here. It feels like a good fit. But we'll see when it comes around. Oklahoman

What do you know about the free agency process, what do you expect it to be like and how long do you think you'll take to make a decision? I guess that time for any player — especially one in my position where teams may still see me as a guy that can carry an offensive load for any team; and I still feel like I can score 20 just by waking up — is interesting. But it'll be fun also. Hopefully it's over as soon as possible and I'll be in a place where I'll want to be and where a team will want me. Oklahoman

How do you find that balance or walk that line of the competitor in you wanting to do more versus going elsewhere and doing more and maybe getting paid more but perhaps not being on as good a team? I think that's where it just comes down to, what would you be happy with? And I love being a major piece on a championship-caliber team. I'm enjoying the ride. Oklahoman

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