Martin joins Knicks after Brewer trade
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
Free agent forward Kenyon Martin agreed to a 10-day contract with New York Knicks, general manager Glen Grunwald said Thursday.
The move comes after the Knicks dealt guard Ronnie Brewer to the Oklahoma City Thunder to free up a roster spot. Martin played for the Los Angeles Clippers last season, but has not played this season as he searched for the right opportunity.
“We’ve always liked Kenyon, he’s a great competitor and good defender,” Grunwald said on a conference call. “We think that there will be some synergies already built into the mix and we’re just looking forward to adding a good defender who can help us in our quest this season.”
Martin, who averaged 13 points and seven rebounds in 12 seasons, should have no trouble fitting in with the Knicks. He played with Jason Kidd in New Jersey and Carmelo Anthony, Marcus Camby, J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton in Denver.
Brewer started early in the season after playing for the Chicago Bulls last season. He lost his spot in the rotation when Iman Shumpert returned from injury. Brewer was dealt for a 2014 second-round pick and cash.
“He obviously was not playing and we just tried to look at what our team needed to move forward,” Grunwald said of Brewer, who started 34 games and averaged 3.6 points a game.
Contributing: The Associated Press