Kenyon Martin is back in the NBA.
The veteran forward has signed a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks, a important pickup for the team after losing Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace to injuries.
Kenyon Martin has been out of the NBA since the end of the 2o11-2012 season He started last season in the Chinese League, but signed with the Los Angeles Clippers and enjoyed a strong season as a veteran reserve.
From CBS Sports:
“While the offensive end of the floor for K-Mart was the worst performance of his career (averaged 5.2 points in 22.4 minutes while shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 37 percent from the free-throw line), he was a pretty solid defensive presence on a Clippers team that really needed defense out of their frontcourt. His play greatly improved for the Clippers in their 11 playoff games when he shot 52.4 percent from the field, 62.5 percent from the free-throw line in 17.5 minutes per game.”
The Knicks had just freed up a roster spot after trading guard Ronnie Brewer to the Oklahoma City Thunder this week.
Kenyon Martin is expected to help shore up the defensive deficiencies the Knicks have shown this season, though he likely won’t see too much time behind Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire.
Still, it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see Kenyon Martin remain beyond his 10-day contract. The No. 1 pick of the 2000 draft should fit right in the Knicks locker room, having been teammates with Camby, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd and J.R. Smith, Yahoo! Sports writer Marc J. Spears noted.