NBA rumors are stating that Kevin Martin is close to finalizing his buyout agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves. According to ESPN, he is most likely going to be signing with the San Antonio Spurs, so that he can join Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Tim Duncan in overcoming Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors to become the new National Basketball Association champions.
The San Antonio Spurs are sitting on a 49-9 record, and they’re doing it quietly. That’s just the way that Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich prefers it. He’s a low-key guy, and it helps that the Golden State Warriors are the talk of the NBA. A lot of people are under the assumption that Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green are going to repeat as champions, but Popovich feels that he can beat them, which is why he wants to add Kevin Martin to the roster.
Kevin Martin will spend a good amount of time playing alongside San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard. Gregg Popovich is a genius when it comes to playing to his players’ strengths. Martin isn’t the best defender in the NBA. Fortunately for him, Leonard is arguably the best defender in the league. Popovich can use Leonard to protect Martin by having Kawhi defend the better-scoring wing players.
Since Manu Ginobili, Kevin Martin, and Dennis Green all deserve to be on the court, their minutes are going to spill over from the shooting guard spot. Kawhi Leonard is going to get his minutes, so Kyle Anderson will either play less or play at a different position. Fortunately for the San Antonio Spurs, Anderson is pretty versatile. He can be paired against smaller power forwards or even be used in the back court because of his ability to handle the ball.
At the end of the day, Kevin Martin, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the San Antonio Spurs are getting what they each wanted. The Timberwolves save some money and clear out some minutes for younger players. The Spurs add another weapon to their bench unit. Martin gets to finally contend for an NBA title.
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