Knicks Sign Kenyon Martin, Look to Improve Interior D
While many expected the Knicks to make a drastic move at the trade deadline, possibly sending Iman Shumpert or Amare Stoudemire to another team, the Knicks made a more subtle acquisition that could change the momentum in New York. The Knicks traded former starter Ronnie Brewer to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 2nd round pick. Brewer started this season because of his propensity for defense, but his inability to shoot or create on offense put him in Coach Mike Woodson's doghouse. The cleared roster spot will be filled by veteran forward Kenyon Martin, who was signed to a 10 day contract on Thursday.
Kenyon Martin last played for the Clippers, averaging only 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds coming off of the bench last season. Martin has always been known as a tough guy in the league and a great rebounder given heavy minutes. But Knicks fans shouldn't expect Martin to contribute heavily immediately. The 35 yr old Martin, who might be considered an old guy on most rosters, fits right in with the Knicks who are the oldest team in the league. Martin will serve mostly as an insurance policy for big men Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace as they attempt to return to the Knicks this season.
Considering Martin has only been signed to a 10 day contract so far, the move from the Knicks' standpoint seems logical and necessary. With the way the Knicks' defense has been allowing other teams to shoot lights out night in and night out, and has been lethargic and slow, Martin should provide much needed toughness given the right amount of minutes. The Knicks don't need scoring, and anything Martin could add is a definite plus.
The Knicks will travel to Toronto as they take on the Raptors Friday night. Look for Martin to make his debut, but his minutes will certainly be limited. If Martin plays well enough, it's very possible the Knicks could sign K-Mart to another 10 day contract or longer.