NBA Roundtable

Clippers Sign Kenyon Martin

In Free Agency on February 4, 2012 at 6:01 am

RealGM announces

The Los Angeles Clippers today signed free agent forward Kenyon Martin.

An 11-year NBA veteran and former NBA All-Star (2004), Martin joins the Clippers after signing with the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association this summer.

“Kenyon is the ultimate competitor and a key acquisition,” stated Vice President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey. “We expect that he will provide additional experience, passion and professionalism, as well as some important depth to our front court.”

Martin is expected to join the Clippers on their current road trip in Orlando and will wear uniform #2.

Excellent signing for the Clippers.

For my money, Kenyon Martin was the second best defender at the power forward position last year. He is still a quality rebounder. Offensively, Kenyon Martin is a very intelligent player who makes nice cuts and is an impressive passer and good finisher around the rim but also unfortunately has a dodgy jump-shot. Overall, Kenyon Martin is still a solid starting caliber power forward so getting him to join on a small contract and to come off the bench is an excellent bit of business for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Clippers Roster

PG – Chris Paul, Mo Williams, Eric Bledsoe
SG – Chauncey Billups, Randy Foye, Travis Leslie
SF – Caron Butler, Ryan Gomes
PF – Blake Griffin, Kenyon Martin, Trey Thompkins
C  – DeAndre Jordan, Reggie Evans, Brian Cook

The Clippers have a very nice three man backcourt led by Chris Paul with Chauncey Billups and Mo Williams (dangerous sixth man) in supporting roles. They then play a two-man SF combo with Butler and Gomes. And can use a 3-4 player big man rotation with Griffin, Jordan, Kenyon and optionally Reggie Evans (rebounder).

One Piece Left

The Clippers still have one major hole to fill and that is a quality defensive wing who can spread the floor.

I’d love to see the Clippers package Eric Bledsoe (solid young PG) with Randy Foye (expiring contract) in an effort to land a quality small forward. Either to play behind Caron Butler or to replace Butler in the starting lineup with Caron moving into a bench role as a go-to scorer in the second unit (along with Mo Williams).

My number one target would be Jared Dudley and I’d be happy to include a first round pick in addition to Bledsoe in order to make this trade idea a reality. Dudley would be absolutely fantastic for this roster and his addition would certainly push the Clippers into legitimate contender status.

 

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