Kenyon Martin plans to return to the United States and catch on with an NBA team once the Chinese Basketball Association season wraps up on Feb. 16, and there will be a number of team vying for his services. Among them, according to ESPN Los Angeles, are the L.A. Clippers.
“Kenyon is an experienced guy that knows how to play,” coach Vinny Del Negro said. “He can play some four, play some five. He brings a lot of athleticism to the team.”
Martin, an 11-year-veteran, has averaged 13.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game over the course of his career with the Nets and Nuggets. He turned 34 last month and he’s been hampered by injuries for much of his last three seasons, but he may still have something left to offer a contending team.
“I think he’s very valuable,” said Chauncey Billups, who played with Martin for three years in Denver. “He comes from winning stock. He’s been to the Finals twice, has great ability and is a leader. He’s one of the great one-on-one big man defenders that I’ve played with.”
The Clippers currently sit at 10-6, a half-game ahead of the Lakers for first place in the Pacific Division.