Per CNLS radio, the Celtics have expressed an interest in NBA veteran Kenyon Martin.
The move could be just what the Celtics have needed. Martin would bring veteran leadership in the front court, some more toughness, and energy off the bench. Just what the Doc ordered.
The 11-year NBA veteran and one-time All-Star spent last season playing for the L.A. Clippers, after heading back to the NBA following his tenure in China. Martin had signed the biggest contract in Chinese league history, and then went on to average 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in 22 minutes of play a night for the stacked Clippers squad.
Even at age 34, Martin has a good bit left in the tank — if he can stay healthy. Martin has not played 70+ games in a season since 2007-08, and the C’s realize that their existing depth in the form of Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo, Jason Collins, and Chris Wilcox will still prove elemental in their player rotation.
Martin is just the icing on the cake.
He’s not going to come out and post a 15 & 8 like he did earlier in his career (to state the obvious), but the Celtics need his intangibles and experience.
Martin will have to earn his minutes, just like the rest of the C’s bigs, but his biggest influences may be in the huddle and the locker room. His enthusiasm and drive to win would prove to be crucial for a Celtics team that is on the cusp — still. Most importantly, the undersized power forward could even play spot minutes at center, the Celtics most shallow position on the depth chart.
Last season, Martin was impressed with the Clippers and felt they could win a championship. He’d find similar sentiments in his heart if playing with Rajon Rondo and the talented mix of Celtics veteran and youngsters, a unique collage of NBA talents at different points in their careers. Martin is on the tail end of his, but teams still want him, and Danny Ainge has lined up in that list of suitors.