May 19, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers power forward Kenyon Martin (2) defends a shot by San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan (21) in the second half of game three of the Western Conference semi finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center. San Antonio Spurs won 96-86. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics Still Haven't Contacted Free Agent Kenyon Martin

“Be that as it may, we’ve had absolutely no conversations with the Celtics. They’ve not reached out at all. If there with issues with concerns regarding his commitment as far as how focused and how passionate he is about playing and competing with his team, quite frankly, my phone is working.”  -Andy Miller, Kenyon Martin’s agent

This, frankly, makes no sense.  The Celtics have a pressing need for some interior defense and toughness, and Martin could provide that.  He’s obviously not the K-Mart of his youthful days.  He’s no longer a good shot blocker, and at this point the most he could offer is something to the tune of 7 to 8 points per game and 4 or 5 boards a game.

Tell me that wouldn’t help.

Martin has been in the league and knows what it takes to win.  Besides that, he is 34, not 44.  He’s no older than Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett, yet teams—including the Celtics—are ignoring him.  His agent says he is “biting at the bit for an opportunity.”

So why won’t Danny Ainge give him one?  Why won’t any NBA GM?

Sure, Martin had a difficult relationship with his last coach, LA Clippers Vinny Del Negro.  But Doc Rivers has a way with players, and players respect Doc.  I doubt Martin would act up on the Celtics.

And they’re foolish for not reaching out to him.

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