Tag: Kenyon Martin

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Kenyon Martin announces retirement from professional basketball


A year ago at Summer League in Las Vegas, Kenyon Martin was eying a full-time return to professional basketball, and was hopeful of receiving an opportunity to once again play for the Knicks.

“Definitely,” Martin said, when asked if he hopes to return to New York. “I’m comfortable here. Me and Melo have got history, so of course this is where I would love to play. I’m not done by any stretch of the imagination, and I would love to be a Knick again. I’m going to try to make it happen.”

It never happened.

Martin’s only shot last season was in Milwaukee, where a former teammate in Jason Kidd, now the Bucks’ head coach, saw it fitting to give him a chance.

He appeared in just 11 contests, and once it became clear that he was finished, Martin saw fit to announce his retirement in advance of next season.

From Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:

“It’s been a great 15 years,” Martin, 37, told Yahoo Sports. “Thanks to all the fans that supported me over the years. But a time does come when you have to walk away, and the time is now for me. I’m ready for the next chapter of my life. I would like to thank the Nets, Nuggets, Clippers, Knicks and Bucks for the opportunity to play the game that I love.

“It’s been real. Thanks for the love.”

Martin was the consensus 2000 college basketball player of the year at the University of Cincinnati. He also played briefly for the China Xinjiang Flying Tigers during the NBA lockout in 2012. His basketball career ended when the Bucks opted not to sign him for the remainder of the season after he completed two 10-day contracts and was waived on Feb. 19.

Martin played a total of 15 NBA seasons, and was an All-Star with the Nets back in 2004. He was a member of those New Jersey teams that went to the Finals in consecutive seasons in 2002 and 2003, and played with Carmel Anthony in Denver for the bulk of his time with the Nuggets.

Martin was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft, and leaves the game with career averages of 12.3 points and 6.8 rebounds in 30.6 minutes per contest.

Nazr Mohammed plans to play another season

Philadelphia 76ers V Chicago Bulls

The 10 oldest players to play in the NBA this season:

1. Andre Miller

2. Tim Duncan

3. Kevin Garnett

4. Vince Carter

5. Pablo Prigioni

6. Manu Ginobili

7. Nazr Mohammed

8. Jason Terry

9. Kenyon Martin

10. Paul Pierce

With Duncan, Pierce and Ginobili noncommittal about their futures, the 37-year-old Mohammed could climb the ranking next year.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

Mohammed, who spent the last three seasons with the Bulls, will become a free agent this summer.

He’s a serviceable third center, though his production has slipped noticeably from even last season. At his age, it’s surely only downhill from here.

Chicago has plenty of talent in front of him with Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson (and Nikola Mirotic, who takes power forward minutes that could otherwise go to one of the preceding three players). The Bulls will likely keep another big for depth, but the stability of their top bigs could afford them to use that roster spot on developing a younger player.

It’s no lock an NBA team will sign Mohammed, but he seems to be liked by teammates and coaches. It’d hardly be surprising if some team sees value in having him around on a minimum contract.

Bucks waive Kenyon Martin to clear roster space for trade additions

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Kenyon Martin, who was brought to Milwaukee to provide some depth up front and be a veteran presence in a young locker room, has been let go to make way for more youth.

The Bucks added Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee via trades. They already had a full 15-man roster and only sent out Brandon Knight and Kendall Marshall in those trades. The Bucks needed to clear one more roster space.

Martin was the guy. He was waived Thursday

“We thank Kenyon for his contributions on the court and in the locker room,” said Bucks GM John Hammond said in a statement. “He’s a real professional and we wish him well.”

Martin — a former teammate of Bucks’ coach Jason Kidd — had played through two 10-day contracts then was signed for the rest of the season with the Bucks, who were looking for depth up front with Larry Sanders away from the team. But Martin didn’t play much. He got in 11 games for a total of 104 minutes, and while he could give the team a few minutes his prime is clearly far in the rear view mirror.

It’s unlikely another team gives him a shot.

Report: Milwaukee Bucks in talks to buy out Larry Sanders

Larry Sanders

Larry Sanders has played in just 27 games for the Bucks this season. First he missed time for personal reasons. Then came a 10-game suspension from the league for marijuana use (he failed at least four tests to get there). Now that suspension has been extended past the 10 games (the team is again listing him out for “personal reasons”). All that comes after last season when a nightclub brawl left him with an injured thumb in need of a surgery. There were the charges of animal cruelty. Sanders has played just 50 games for the Bucks over two seasons since his four-year, $44 million deal kicked in.

The Bucks have had enough; they are moving on without him.

The Bucks have started talks to buyout the remaining two pus years of Sanders’ contract, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Buyout discussions have begun between the Milwaukee Bucks and Larry Sanders that would make the recently suspended big man a free agent, according to league sources…

He’s been one of the league’s most impactful defensive big men when he’s been on the floor, but the surprising Bucks — off to a 30-23 start under Kidd — have coped well without him this season, posting a 12-7 record in those games while relying on the likes of John Henson, Ersan Ilyasova, Zaza Pachulia and the recently signed Kenyon Martin.

The Bucks see a future where this core of players — with a few additions — could grow into a real threat in the East. Sanders was to be part of that core, their defensive anchor, but this season the Bucks’ defense has been 1.9 points per 100 possessions better when Sanders is off the court. For Milwaukee, he’s just not worth the disruptions.

Sanders has said he plans to continue his NBA career and tweeted this out last week.

While it’s common for a player seeking a buyout to take a discount to get out of his deal (for example, that’s what Amare Stoudemire will do for the Knicks) there is no motivation for Sanders or his agent to give the Bucks a price break. They will pay full price to make him go away.

Next summer, if he does show he’s not smoking anymore, some team will take a shot on him. However, it’s going to be for far, far less than the $11 million he was set to make this year.

Bucks sign Jorge Gutierrez to 10-day contract

Jason Kidd

The Bucks waived Nate Wolters to sign Kenyon Martin (who’s sticking around for the rest of the season), but that move backfired – even more so than initially – when Kendall Marshall suffered a season-ending injury.

Suddenly short-handed at point guard, Milwaukee is turning to the D-League.

Bucks release:

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Jorge Gutierrez to a 10-day contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today.

Gutierrez played for Jason Kidd with the Nets last season. The 26-year-old was dealt in the Andrei Kirilenko trade to the 76ers, who waived him, and then signed in the D-League.

Because Larry Sanders has been suspended for at least six games and already served five (of his 10), the Bucks can place him on their suspended list. This allows them to add a 16th player without waiving anyone.

Milwaukee has a deep and talented roster, so Gutierrez will have a tough time sticking if Sanders meets the terms of his suspension and is reinstated this season. But Gutierrez’s familiarity with Kidd gives him at least a slim chance of impressing on the fly and remaining on the roster.