Kenyon Martin fit in very well when the Knicks picked him up mid-season last campaign —he averaged 7.2 points a game, shot 60 percent from the field (usually finishing passes around the rim) and was a quality defender in the paint.
The Knicks wanted him back, the only question was price.
Martin settled for one as the Knicks and Martin have reached a deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. This is a one year deal for the league minimum of $1.4 million, Woj reports.
There were other teams interested in Martin such as the Lakers and Clippers, but they also were offering the veteran minimum. For Martin, why leave a spot where he is comfortable and knows he gets good minutes if teams aren’t really paying enough to make it worth his while?
Martin did well defensively filling in at points for Tyson Chandler last season. With the addition of Metta World Peace and a healthy Iman Shumpert all season the Knicks have some pieces to improve their defense next season (which is the end of the floor they need to get better on if they want to take steps forward).
Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:
Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:
Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.