Now that the Timberwolves have lost out on J.J. Redick, they’ve turned their attention to Kevin Martin as the backup plan for the shooting guard position.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and Sam Amick of USA Today, the Wolves and Martin have agreed on a four-year, $28 million contract. The awkward but accurate shooting guard is incredibly familiar with Rick Adelman’s system, which he came into the league with in Sacramento and played in with the Houston Rockets for a couple of seasons.
Free agent Kevin Martin has reached agreement on a four year, $28 million deal with Minnesota, league source tells Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2013
After agreeing to T-Wolves deal, Kevin Martin tells @USATODAYsports: "Minny was my 1st option outside OKC, so I’ve got to take it."
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 3, 2013
Here are the things we need to understand about this team as of right now:
- Yes, they cannot defend. Or at least as of right now, it looks like they won’t be able to defend. This signing, unless we see some kind of weird sign-and-trade thing happen, means Andrei Kirilenko is probably gone from this team. To have room to make this signing for Martin, the Wolves will have to renounce the free agent rights of Kirilenko, who had an $11 million cap hold. Once they renounce his rights, he’d only be able to re-sign as a regular free agent and he’s probably not taking the veteran’s minimum after opting out of $10 million this season.
- This team can SCORE though. With Ricky Rubio distributing to Kevin Martin, Chase Budinger, Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic, this team should be one of the top offensive teams in the NBA. If they’re anywhere outside of the Top 8 in offense, it will be a disappointment. If this team is a Top 20 team in defense, it will be a huge bonus. There shouldn’t be anymore Infinite Sorrow with the 3-point shooting. We may see quite a few games with both teams over 110 points each.
- Does this make the Wolves a contender? Absolutely not. And this has upset quite a few folks tweeting at me at the announcement of this agreement. I’ve seen a lot of complaining about this team not being able to defend, and some of it is justified. If this team is awesome on offense, making the games fun, and this team sneaks into the seventh or eighth seed, I’ll be pretty happy with the upcoming season. Too much has been made of trying to get this team into the playoffs and contending for a title right away so we don’t lose Kevin Love. That’s easier said than done and when you’re a team like the Wolves with a past nine years like they’ve had, you have to take the necessary steps to climb up the ranks of the league. This is one of those steps.
- I’d be shocked if the fourth year of this deal is completely guaranteed.
- This team just got better. I know it’s not the amount of better everybody wanted, but I do think this team is going to be a lot of fun. Frustrating at times, sure. But also a lot of fun.
- They still have a backup point guard that makes $4 million (either J.J. Barea or Luke Ridnour) to deal and can bring in a wing defender with an asset like that. This roster is still changing.
- I hope things go the Wolves way so Martin doesn’t actually pout like he did in Sacramento.