Asked to take on a larger scoring role on a young team, Kevin Martin had been having his best year as a professional — 20.4 points per game, shooting 48.3 percent overall and 48.1 percent from three — which is why his fractured wrist was a real blow.
He opted for surgery because it was the fastest route to get back on the court. That surgery took place Tuesday morning and he will be out 6-8 weeks, Minnesota announced.
The injury happened against the Knicks last week, and while the injury happened in the first quarter Martin played through the game and scored 37 in a Timberwolves win.
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We would be amiss if we didn’t point out that even the long end of that timeline has him back on the court in time for the trade deadline. Minnesota has a few veterans it might try to move around at the deadline for assets to help its rebuild. Martin provides outside shooting, but he is owed $6.8 million this season and $14.8 million over the next two seasons, which may be more than a lot of teams want to spend on a guy seen as one dimensional.