The Dallas Mavericks are the favorites to land veteran shooting guard Kevin Martin once the Minnesota Timberwolves released him via buy-out, according to ESPN NBA insider Tim McMahon.
The Mavs, after acquiring power forward David Lee this week, are still looking to bolster their lineup by snagging a serviceable veteran from the post buy-out market.
According to McMahon, the Mavericks have been eyeing Martin for quite some time, but didn’t want to trade for him at the deadline because of the guard’s still sizable $7 million salary he’s due to receive this season. Moreover, Martin has one year remaining in his contract after this season, and based on reports, he’s planning to opt in.
Mavs would have interest in Kevin Martin if he receives buyout, source says. They do not want to trade for him due to $7M owed next season.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 17, 2016
The Wolves are no longer in the playoff contention this season, but the future is bright for this ball club because of their young and talented core (Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Zach Lavine).
Hoopshype indicated that the 33-year old Martin is neither a cornerstone nor a veteran presence for the Wolves, and that makes him the odd man out on their roster.
“Hoops Hype noted that “the Timberwolves are going in another direction, and really have no use for Martin”. The team is now focused on developing Wiggins and LaVine at Martin’s position so playing him “22.6 minutes per game isn’t needed,” (H/T Yibada Sports).
Unlike the Wolves, the Mavericks are in playoff contention, currently in 6th place the Western Conference with a 30-27 record. Martin, who is averaging 10 points on 37 percent FG shooting and 36 percent from beyond the arc, would be a solid acquisition for the Mavs because of his outside shooting.
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