Hawks meet with rep for Kenyon Martin

The Hawks met Thursday with a representative for center Kenyon Martin, according to a person with knowledge of the team’s thinking.

Martin, 34, averaged 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in 48 games for the Nuggets last season. The 11-year veteran signed a one-year deal to play in China with Xinjiang during the NBA lockout last summer. He is eligible to return to the NBA following the Chinese season in several weeks.

Martin has reportedly been offered a contract by the Heat. ESPN recently reported that he is also interested in signing with the Clippers,  Spurs and Knicks, along with the Hawks and Heat.

Martin could make a decision by the end of the week. According to reports FIBA has cleared Martin, allowing him to sign with an NBA team.

The Hawks have used a combination of Zaza Pachulia, Jason Collins and Ivan Johnson at center since the loss of Al Horford last month to a torn pectoral muscle. While the Hawks are 9-2 in the 11 games without Horford, teams with dominant big men can present problems. Martin (6-foot-9, 240) could help in that regard.

The Hawks could probably only offer Martin the veteran minimum in salary. They do offer a team that has made the playoffs the past four seasons, including three straight trips to the Eastern Conference semifinals. They are currently tied for third in the conference behind the Bulls and Sixers.

201 comments Add your comment

Adil

February 2nd, 2012
2:31 pm

firstttttttttttttttttttttttttt

CONservative Johnson

February 2nd, 2012
2:31 pm

Good news. I remember asking about him a while back . . .

Najeh Davenpoop

February 2nd, 2012
2:32 pm

K-Mart is a good player, but he is not going to solve the Hawks’ depth problems at center.

They need to be bringing in Rasheed Wallace and Joel Przybilla for workouts.

Chico1

February 2nd, 2012
2:32 pm

Sign him!!! First!!!

Terrance

February 2nd, 2012
2:33 pm

While he would be an welcomed addition, I would prefer a center with length who can defend and rebound.

mike

February 2nd, 2012
2:37 pm

I believe (from what I’ve read) that the Clippers can offer him the most money. I think the Hawks can give him the most playing time however. If he needs money, look for him to head to LA

CONservative Johnson

February 2nd, 2012
2:37 pm

I’d prefer Michael Jordan in his prime. We gotta take what we can get. How do we know these other bums can play any meaningful minutes? At least K-Mart has played more recently; and at a much higher level than Joel Przybilla . . .

LT

February 2nd, 2012
2:41 pm

He is not BIG enough!!!!

lil Neek

February 2nd, 2012
2:41 pm

if he couldn’t hack it in China, how is he gonna do us any good here in the NBA? besides we tried to sign him years ago and he turned us down then, I doubt he would jump at the chance to play for the Hawks now.

Najah Poopenport

February 2nd, 2012
2:46 pm

If anyone has a choice, welp that means the #Hawks are out.

tophawk1

February 2nd, 2012
2:51 pm

With the team we have….Atlanta can still beat the pathetic Heat. The best team in the league is the Clippers.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 2nd, 2012
2:52 pm

This Wojnarowski tweet makes K-Mart to the Hawks sound much more likely.

Melvin

February 2nd, 2012
2:55 pm

I would take K-Mart but I would prefer and player with more size like Rasheed.

strick

February 2nd, 2012
2:56 pm

Woj tweet says martin is “intrigued w/ significant role he could play w/ hawks”.

strick

February 2nd, 2012
2:59 pm

if he chose the hawks over the heat and the clips, then I think it shows that although the national media may not give us our due, that the actual players see the Hawks as legit players in the East and in the NBA.

tckr83

February 2nd, 2012
3:00 pm

I was against this, but Martin would: add another veteran, add depth, be productive and be on his best behavior as this would be his last chance in the league should he mess it up. Why not with Horford out for a long time and a contract that would be one of the smallest on the team to boot.

Slimjr

February 2nd, 2012
3:03 pm

K Martin= an aged Josh 2.0= redundant!

rollow lawson

February 2nd, 2012
3:04 pm

Rick Sund sees what us true fans see as well. After last night, it is evident that the Eastern Conference is up for grabs. With Martin and the return of Horford, we would match up well against Chicago and Miami. Hell, we should be 4-0 against those clowns already. Pull the trigger on Martin or Rasheed. Do something!!

strick

February 2nd, 2012
3:04 pm

Marc Stein from ESPN tweeted that he has heard that teams in the west have the edge on Martin becuase role/minutes is most important to him, and that there are so many good 4’s in the west.

If he is interested in role and minutes, then Atlanta seems like it would be at the top of his list. Even when/if Horford comes back he will have an extensive role with the Hawks.

Slimjr

February 2nd, 2012
3:04 pm

Wow another 6′8″ interchangeable forward…Hey Billy K., the Hawks wont give up on your failed blue print…huh? lol!

Slimjr

February 2nd, 2012
3:07 pm

Lets sign 5 6′8″ forwards as our starting 5 and win the whole enchilada!!!! LMAO!

Section 303

February 2nd, 2012
3:07 pm

I would love this addition. Not only would Martin help, but would make the national talking heads look stupid. I’ve seen none of them even mention the Hawks as a contender for Martin’s services. Would further prove my point that most of the national writers/talking heads know jack sh#t about any innerworkings of the NBA. Just talk and speculation.

i_am_soulstar

February 2nd, 2012
3:09 pm

We’ve been getting away with murder by facing teams who don’t bang as much. We’re gonna need another banger, even if it’s a power forward playing center. Zaza and Collins won’t cut it in the playoffs. I hope to God that Al comes back before the end of the regular season, but bring on K-Mart!

Slimjr

February 2nd, 2012
3:10 pm

His jumper maybe a slight improvement over Josh but his d is less than Josh…..Huh?

strick

February 2nd, 2012
3:10 pm

isnt our length on the perimeter one of our strengths defensivley?

Section 303

February 2nd, 2012
3:11 pm

I agree with Najeh, though….I would rather have Pryzbilla, if he is healthy. But, Martin can play. Brings more toughness to the team.

My only question is….do we need Martin. We already have Ivan Johnson. He is proving to be pretty good. And, he does basically the samething Martin would. Would bringing in Martin kill Ivan’s minutes?

I would rather have Martin, than not. But, give me Pryzbilla (a healthy Pryzbilla) first.

Slimjr

February 2nd, 2012
3:12 pm

C’mon Sund let go of BK’s blue print man! This guy is not big enough Sir!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tckr83

February 2nd, 2012
3:13 pm

It doesn’t matter his size, it’s about being productive… he’s big enough until Horford gets back and then it’s more depth. I’d venture to guess that Martin would be more productive than Joel Pryzbilla (always injured) or Rasheed Wallace (who isn’t exactly known to be under the basket). One guy can still jump out of the gym, the other two you can barely slip a penny underneath their vertical… Martin listed at 6′9″ 240lbs, Wallace at 6′11″ 235lbs and Pryzbilla at 7′1″ 240lbs… not a deal breaker IMO in a league that has very few good centers anymore.

strick

February 2nd, 2012
3:14 pm

i just feel like Pryzbilla will get hurt.

PMC

February 2nd, 2012
3:16 pm

Really? The Knicks huh…. good luck with that.

PMC

February 2nd, 2012
3:16 pm

Personally, I like Ivan.

strick

February 2nd, 2012
3:17 pm

“They are currently third in the conference behind the Bulls and Heat”

This is not true actually. The Hawks are third behind Chicago and Philly (Same record, win tiebreaker over Hawks). The Hawks are third followed by Miami who is fourth (Same record, Hawks win tiebreaker).

Section 303

February 2nd, 2012
3:17 pm

Slimjr, not sure I understand your points on Martin. Are you saying he is better than Josh? Or, the same player as Josh? Or, did somebody post something saying Martin is better than Josh and you are mocking it?

I have been one of Josh’s biggest critics. But, there is no way Martin is in Josh’s league. Josh Smith has been playing like an All Star (not counting the Detroit game on Friday). Martin is not at that level.

Slimjr

February 2nd, 2012
3:19 pm

Im saying we dont need another FORWARD…We need a BIG….

Slimjr

February 2nd, 2012
3:20 pm

Rim changer, a banger, a rebounder….

Section 303

February 2nd, 2012
3:20 pm

By the way…am I the only one excited about this stretch of upcoming home games? Memphis tonight, Philly Saturday, the Suns Monday, and Indy Wednesday….those are some great, not good, great f’ing games!

Let’s get a roll call…who will be in Philips tonight? Gotta start getting crowds. I’m not talking about packed to the rafters. Just a solid crowd that is into the game. Not holding my breath that happens, but will hope.

Section 303

February 2nd, 2012
3:21 pm

Slimjr, got it. And, I sort of agree. I think Martin would help. Hawks should not get into the luxary tax over Kenyon Martin. But, if he can be had at a decent price, go get him.

Slimjr

February 2nd, 2012
3:22 pm

We need a DeAndre Jordan type in the middle!

strick

February 2nd, 2012
3:23 pm

slim, DeAndre Jordan’s dont just grow on trees! for what is avaliable (Martin, Pryzbilla, Rasheed), Martin is the best player in that group.

Just Joe

February 2nd, 2012
3:24 pm

Slimjr…now you know a “DeAndre Jordan type” is not available.

tckr83

February 2nd, 2012
3:24 pm

Kenyon Martin over his career averages more rebounds a game than either rasheed wallace or joel pryzbilla. You get the best player available at this point in the season for the playoffs, the Hawks will make the playoffs and right now… beggars can’t be choosers.

tckr83

February 2nd, 2012
3:27 pm

Kenyon Martin playing in China means he’s in game shape… the other two have barely played at all over the past two-three seasons. Martin will be ready, the other two hopefully hopefully be in game shape BY the playoffs…

strick

February 2nd, 2012
3:28 pm

rasheed and pryzbilla are washed up…….martin still has something left in the tank and can contribute to this team a la TMAC.

not to mention the toughness and attitude he will bring to the team. The only person I have ever seen stand up to anybody on this team is ZAZA unless you count Josh and Boozer’s little scuffle in the playoffs. lol

Marcus

February 2nd, 2012
3:28 pm

‘12 Boss = ‘95 Rod Woodson …. see you in the finals!

Rob

February 2nd, 2012
3:28 pm

I could see Kenyon as the first off the bench for Zaza. A motiviated Kenyon Martin with an increased role would be a plus and added toughness to boot. Add Ivan off the bench and you got some tough MF’s out there for the Hawks.

ILL-Logical

February 2nd, 2012
3:29 pm

“center Kenyon Martin”

Nice try but no cigar. K-mart is not a center nor has he ever had significant time at the position during his profesional career. Additionally, he is 6′8′; it pains me to say this but I don’t believe that this proposed move is a valid exercise in building on the current momentum of the team and improving their chances to build for the future.

strick

February 2nd, 2012
3:30 pm

Rob,

I agree which IMO has been one of the problems with previous Hawks teams. a little to finesse. Zaza, Ivan, and Martin off the bench would change that.

Rob

February 2nd, 2012
3:30 pm

I do not think Hawks are interested in Joel or Rasheed, they could have been had already, I hope they can get Kenyon in here for a minimum salary deal.

strick

February 2nd, 2012
3:32 pm

for a half a year rental, i think it is worth the risk. you are not blowing up the core, and also getting a player that could really help you in a wide open Eastern Conference. Not to mention if he actually chooses to come here, that will keep him away from other teams in the East as well.

Joe Piskepo

February 2nd, 2012
3:34 pm

What really intrigues Martin is the atl lifestyle……….come on what kind of man walks around with lips tattooed on his neck.