Kenyon Martin hasn’t given the Milwaukee Bucks much on the court — he’s played 47 minutes over the 20 days he’s been with the team, averaged 1.3 points a game on 33.3 percent shooting, he’s pulled down a few boards. In his last game he got 12 minutes of run, was 0-of-3 shooting with three boards, but he was the team’s center on the court at the end of the game (not John Henson or Zaza Pachulia).
However, off the court coach Jason Kidd has said he likes the veteran presence he brings to the young Bucks’ locker room.
So they are going to keep him on through the end of the season, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
The Milwaukee Bucks will sign former All-Star power forward Kenyon Martin to a rest-of-the-season contract this week, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN.com that Martin, who completes his second 10-day deal with the Bucks on Wednesday, has lent a welcome veteran touch to a young locker room since reuniting with first-year Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd, with whom he played in New Jersey.
This is a young, playoff bound team and a veteran who can provide some leadership would be welcome. I’d just hate to see him steal minutes from players the Bucks should be trying to develop — they may be playoff bound this season but they are a work in progress still.
The Bucks may now be on to their next 10-day contract, Stein added.
The Bucks, sources say, are also planning to call up point guard Jorge Gutierrez — another Kidd favorite — on a 10-day deal out of the NBA D-League to bolster the backcourt depth in the wake of Kendall Marshall’s recent season-ending knee injury.
The Bucks signed Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract, waiving the younger and better Nate Wolters in the process.
So, it probably didn’t matter how Martin played. (For the record: six points on 3-of-5 shooting and three rebounds while Milwaukee was outscored by seven points in 15 minutes during wins over the lowly Knicks and Timberwolves and a loss to the Bulls). The Bucks were probably going to keep Jason Kidd’s old friend, regardless.
Milwaukee made good on that assumption today.
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed forward/center Kenyon Martin to a second 10-day contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today.
After this deal runs out, the Bucks can sign Martin only if they commit for the rest of this season. They probably will.
At best, the 37-year-old Martin will provide toughness and veteran leadership for an up-and-coming team looking to make noise in a pretty-open Eastern Conference.
After unexpectedly clearing waivers, point guard Nate Wolters, who was waived by the Bucks to make room for Kenyon Martin, is close to signing a 10-day contract with the Pelicans, according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein:
Wolters is a good fit as a backup point guard, probably more dependable than the recently-traded Austin Rivers. He’ll be a good fit in New Orleans. Still, it’s a little unexpected that someone making just over $800,000, who has proven that he’s an NBA player, went unclaimed. A team like the Sixers or Celtics, who are just throwing prospects against the wall at this point, couldn’t have taken a flyer on him?
The Bucks signed 37-year-old Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract, which meant Milwaukee had to drop a younger – and probably better – player.
Of 15 choices that fit the description, the Bucks waived Nate Wolvers.
I figured someone would claim the 23-year-old Wolters, who’s on a minimum contract that is fully unguaranteed for next season.
Lousy teams like the Knicks and 76ers should be seeking young talent to audition for the rest of the season. A better team, the Pelicans, badly needs a backup point guard. The Clippers could have used Wolters’ salary to facilitate an Austin Rivers trade, a deal that will require more salary-cap gymnastics than most have acknowledged (though the Clippers would have to wait 30 days to deal Wolters).
Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders:
Nobody will sign Wolters to a rest-of-season contract, because if any team thought he deserved that, it would have just claimed him on waivers. But Wolters is a prime contender for a 10-day contract.
He’s a reasonably dependable point guard who’s still young, though he’s not the caliber of athlete that inspires much faith in his upside. Still, he’s a solid third point guard with the potential to develop into a solid backup. There should be a place in the league for someone like that.
Well, hopefully he isn’t coaching free throw shooting….
When you think of Kenyon Martin you think hard nosed defender, physical, a guy who in his early years in the league used his athleticism to get points and throw down some impressive dunks.
Did you ever think coach? Apparently the Houston Rockets have, according to Shams Charania of Real GM.
He would have the respect of players, and in my limited interactions with him later in his career he seemed like a guy who understood the game. Of course, understanding the game and the ability to impart that knowledge to another person are very different skills. I don’t know Martin well enough to say if he does or does not have that skill.
But it would be interesting if the Rockets gave him a chance.