APNewsBreak: Timberwolves looking to trade Kevin Martin

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» Thu Dec 17, 2015 4:43 am
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APNewsBreak: Timberwolves looking to trade Kevin Martin


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have made veteran scorer Kevin Martin available in trade talks, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

With second-year guard Zach LaVine showing promise as a scorer and Andrew Wiggins playing more at the shooting guard position, the Wolves are looking to move Martin to free up more playing time for their youngsters. The person requested anonymity because the team does not publicly discuss trade discussions.

The Wolves have had conversations with two teams about Martin early this season, but had been reluctant to make a move while they were off to a surprising 8-8 start. They have lost eight of their past nine games, including 107-102 to the New Knicks on Wednesday night, prompting the team to place even greater emphasis on developing LaVine, Wiggins and Shabazz Muhammad.

Martin is averaging 12.7 points in 26 minutes this season. He has carved out a reputation over the past 12 years of being one of the league's most efficient scorers, using a herky-jerky shooting motion and a remarkable knack for drawing fouls from opposing defenders to score in bunches, either as a starting shooting guard or as a sixth man.

''You look at his numbers every year, very efficient offensive player,'' Nuggets coach Michael Malone said on Tuesday. ''He has the uncanny ability to draw contact and get to the line.''

But he has gone through an uncharacteristically long shooting slump this season. Martin missed a game for personal reasons on Nov. 7 and has struggled mightily to rediscover his shooting touch. Martin is shooting a career-worst 36.7 percent from the field and just 34.8 percent from 3-point range this season.

He started the season coming off the bench, but interim coach Sam Mitchell inserted him into the starting lineup on Nov. 23 in hopes of getting him going.

In three games last week, Martin averaged 26.0 points on 46 percent shooting and shot 47.6 percent from 3-point range. That included a 37-point outburst against the Lakers in which he bruised his right wrist.

He played well in the next two games, then shot 1 for 8 in an ugly loss to Denver on Tuesday night before sitting out the second night of the back-to-back against the Knicks.

Martin has a player option for next season worth close to $7.4 million, but it is unclear this early in the season if he plans to exercise that option or become a free agent and seek one more multiyear contract when he will be 33 years old.

In his second year in the league, LaVine is averaging 16.7 points over the last 19 games and shooting 37.5 percent from 3-point range. He has primarily been backing up Ricky Rubio at point guard, a decision Mitchell has employed in part for LaVine's long-term development and in part because the team has a log jam on the wing with Martin, Wiggins, Muhammad and Tayshaun Prince all seeing time.

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I haven't been a fan of KMartin for some ten years because he can only score and isn't a good passer or defender but as a backup he could really be some instant offense off the bench for the team. The team doesn't need any changes really but I think a trade of Rush or Ian Clark for KMartin could be a good one, as likely Rush will leave for the more money he can for next season and KMartin is more efficient offensively than both.
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» Thu Dec 17, 2015 6:34 am
No, don't mess with chemistry. Martin doesn't play defense and has never been a true winner. I don't think he's worth it.
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» Thu Dec 17, 2015 10:17 am
A lot of these guys 'didn't play defense' before they got here, one of which is our current backup backup 2 (Leandro Barbosa), who never had the peak Martin did.

It depends on the cost. If it's a straight drop that costs us nothing, sure. I'd take a flyer on KMartin. If they want picks or prospects in return, let them rot. We don't need him, if anything he'd be extra offense for a team that's already 100 yards ahead of everybody else on offense.

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» Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:18 pm
Where is Mo Speights ? Where has Barbosa been ? My point is we need those guys to step up or bring in some help from the bench. I bring this up because we know the starters have been carrying us, we know Barnes being out has hurt us, Jason Thompson hasn't don't much. So who off the bench has had a major impact for us ?

Is Kevin Martin the answer, he is an intriguing player, I know we need another scorer, but a more athletic, more versatile player would make sense, and as mentioned I don't think we are willing to give up any asset or money for him.
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» Fri Dec 18, 2015 7:14 am
I would take KMartin for Rush and Ian Clark, as salaries likely match then, but only because those players can be replaced by many types currently available anyway. KMartin is on near the end of his career but as he showed about a week ago, he can still score well and what is good about him is his ability to draw fouls, that'd make the team that much more dangerous getting teams in foul trouble.
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» Sun Dec 20, 2015 7:07 pm
I don't even know if I'd trade Rush for him migs. I really don't think we need him. With Rush, at least the boys love him and he brings something to the chemistry. With Martin, you risk losing that. Plus, Martin clearly isn't in his prime anymore; he's become a skinny 6'5" corner shooter who rarely draws fouls with the same level of respect from the refs that he used to. Rush is an inch taller, a better defender, accepts his role as a 10th or 11th man, and adds to the culture of the team. I'd give up a 2nd rounder and cash for Martin. Other than that, I'm not interested.
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» Sun Dec 20, 2015 7:36 pm
I know what you mean, I just think Rush will leave after this season, still being young and having potential for a good future as a starter somewhere else. KMartin will stay here if he is wanted and he'd consider himself very lucky being on a true contender for the first time. I think he gives near instant offense but yes, he is a liability defensively. Still, he is worth the risk for resigning for the vet minimum, which I think he'd do happily to stay.
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» Mon Dec 21, 2015 2:55 pm
I doubt Rush could start for many teams, if any, but I do think he could be a solid role player - which is what he was always intended to be. That said, I think he could add something to a competitive team - I know he's doing so now, but to be a key player rather than a fill-in. I totally agree that someone is going to offer him a bigger contract and a role next season, but that's how it goes.

I would take Rush and Ian Clark for the remainder of this season with their cheap contracts, over Martin's scheduled $7.3 mil that Minny has been trying to pay teams to give away for a couple seasons now.

I'm also right there with stepup - as we were discussing in the game thread - our bench needs to start producing. Not to just win 72+ games, but to even win a championship, we're going to need those guys to produce offensively. I'd rather wait it out a little longer and see how things shape up before we chase someone else.

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