Amid all the moves on the NBA’s trade deadline day, the Knicks jumped into the fray by sending Ronnie Brewer to the Thunder for a 2014 second round draft choice and cash considerations. The trade opened a roster spot and New York’s general manager Glen Grunwald said on Thursday’s conference call the team agreed to terms with Kenyon Martin and the team hopes to sign the forward / center in the next couple of days.
“We think Kenyon is more than just a big man,” Grunwald stated. “We think he is very versatile defender that can guard at least three positions. So, again we are looking at some flexibility in our roster, not just adding another big man.”
While Marcus Camby scrimmaged on Thursday, there is no specific timetable for his return to the floor. Additionally, Rasheed Wallace continues to work on his conditioning to rejoin the squad in the near future after a terrific stint in the early portion of the season.
Grunwald clarified the Knicks have to wait for Brewer to clear his physical with Oklahoma City before they can officially ink Martin to a 10-day contract. Martin will instantly add a player that is celebrated for his tenacious style on the defensive side of the floor and on the glass. Grunwald is hopeful that Martin’s contract will turn into a full deal after the 10 days in New York.
“We watched a lot of the tape of his season last year with the Clippers and he played very well. We know he was working out prior to coming to New York this weekend and we’re hopeful that he is going to show he’s got what it takes to be an NBA player. I’m optimistic that he is going to be able to come in and play for us,” Grunwald explained.
The current Knicks are familiar with Martin’s capabilities in the regular season and in the playoffs. Camby, Carmelo Antohny, Jason Kidd, and J.R. Smith have all played next to Martin. The 35-year old suited up for the Clippers last season in 42 games and averaged 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 42 games.
At 6-9 and 240 pounds, Martin is an ideal fit for the Knicks defensive scheme. He will assist in pick-and-roll coverage and help Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire on the back side of the defense. Despite 12 years in the league, Martin remains an athletic frontline player that can rise above the rim for putback dunks or alley-oop finishes.
Grunwald was not sure Martin will be available on Sunday and Monday is more of realistic date for the official signing. Stay tuned to KnicksNow.com for complete coverage.