NBA Rumor: Kevin Martin Buyout?

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The San Antonio Spurs have emerged as strong contenders to sign Kevin Martin if the veteran shooting guard secures his expected buyout from the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to league sources. Sources said Saturday that the Spurs have made the strongest pitch so far among the various playoff contenders chasing Martin, who has been in advanced negotiations on a contract buyout with Minnesota. Martin and the Timberwolves have until midnight (ET) on Tuesday to part ways in order for Martin to be playoff eligible for his next team.

Another name to watch should Thursday’s deadline pass without a deal is Minnesota’s Kevin Martin. The Timberwolves have tried to trade Martin for a year now, and considered buying him out last February before ultimately keeping him. Martin is 33 and doesn’t fit in the Wolves’ rebuilding plans, but there’s been no market for him, and he will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Dallas and Milwaukee, among others, has kicked the tires on him (as had Charlotte, before acquiring Courtney Lee) but with the possibility of him being waived after the trade deadline, there has not been much urgency to acquire him.
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“Listen we still run that franchise [Magic]. If they wanna sell it to us, DeVos family, we’re ready to go right now,” O’Neal said on The Big Podcast. “This message go out to the DeVos family, if you’re ready to sell Orlando Magic, sell it to somebody who’s gonna take it to the next level, that’s us. D[ennis] Scott and then, D Scott can pick everybody else. Smart people combined with common sense people and people that’s been there before, you can’t go wrong.”