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Clippers sign Kenyon Martin

Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:03 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2012 10:37 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver 
Kenyon Martin is reportedly headed to Lob City. (Getty Images)

Update: The Los Angeles Clippers officially announced the signing of free agent forward Kenyon Martin on Friday.

“Kenyon is the ultimate competitor and a key acquisition," said Vice President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey in a press release. “We expect that he will provide additional experience, passion and professionalism, as well as some important depth to our front court."

The Clippers report that Martin is expected to join the team on their current road trip in Orlando and will wear uniform No. 2.

Original Post: K-Mart is back from China and reportedly ready to open up shop in Lob City.

The Los Angeles Times reports that free agent forward Kenyon Martin, who played for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association during the lockout, has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. 
The Clippers and free-agent forward Kenyon Martin have agreed on a mini-midlevel deal that will be finalized as soon as Martin passes a physical, according to an NBA individual familiar with the negotiations.

Other teams that had been interested in Martin were the Lakers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks.
A mini-midlevel contract is worth $2.5 million per year for up to two years. It's a new contract offer under the collective bargaining agreement available to teams who are over the salary cap. 

Yahoo Sports confirms that the Clippers and Martin have reached agreement on a 1-year deal for $2.5 million.

Martin, 34, is an 11-year NBA veteran, spending the last seven seasons with the Denver Nuggets. Last season, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft averaged 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds as a starting power forward for the Nuggets.

He brings a no-nonsense, physical style of play and represents a badly-needed addition to the Clippers' thin frontcourt. After the exciting starting duo of All-Star forward Blake Griffin and starting center DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers' pickings are pretty slim. They've made due with the likes of Reggie Evans and Brian Cook, but Martin plugs in nicely as a third big man.

Martin's signed with Xinjiang for a reported $3 million back in September, in the thick of stalled labor negotiations. It was reportedly the largest deal in Chinese Basketball History. In December, Martin reached a buyout with Xinjiang and returned to the United States.

Martin's NBA eligibility has been in question recently. On Thursday, a report surfaced that Martin had received clearance from FIBA to return to the NBA prior to the end of the Chinese Basketball Association's season. Later Thursday, Yahoo Sports reported that China was pushing back against FIBA regarding the clearance. It's still not yet completely clear when Martin will be available to play for the Clippers, but more details should be known soon.

Since: Feb 4, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:52 am

Clippers sign Kenyon Martin

I expect KMart to be his usual self; 12 pts, 6 boards, 2 asts and good D.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 1:00 am

Clippers sign Kenyon Martin

well it was a good locker room that is over now i hate when teams do this with cry baby head cases that ruin team chemistry

Since: Feb 1, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:01 pm
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Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:11 pm

Reports: Clippers agree to sign Kenyon Martin

The Clippers don't need Kenyon Martin, IMO.

Since: Mar 31, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:09 pm

Reports: Clippers agree to sign Kenyon Martin

There have always been Clippers fans....but over the last 3 decades what have we had to cheer about.  Elton Brand's All Star dominance about 5 years ago....or the Michael Olawankandi draft pick?  Get real, Clipper fans are the Los Angeles fans that moved to California from out of state and have hated the Lakers well before they settled down in L.A.  I moved to L.A. about 7 years ago and have liked the Clippers ever since I got out here.  It hasn't been loud cheering, but with the addition of Chris Paul the cheers are becoming louder. 

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:28 pm

Reports: Clippers agree to sign Kenyon Martin

Kmart sucks.

Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:35 pm

Reports: Clippers agree to sign Kenyon Martin

dude b 4 real ur dumb az take my words and twist. learn how to read between the lines and then hit me up.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:34 pm

Reports: Clippers agree to sign Kenyon Martin

with k-mart the clippers are ging to be good. if the lakers want to be the best team in la, they are going to have to step their game. the clippers now have the talent. can they become a cohesive unit that can win some games. can they get some good coaching, and put their ego's aside. that will tell the tale.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:31 pm

Reports: Clippers agree to sign Kenyon Martin

We are not talking fans in this post, we are talking facts.  The Clippers are a better team than the Lakers right now.  Fans? I am sure the lakers have many more.  Tons of front runners out there. I am a fan of sports and to a degree, the NBA.  I see a team in the Clipopers that is soaring, and I see a guy named Chris Paul leading the way.  I am no front runner... I pull for the Hornets (4-19)!! 

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:29 pm

Can't B 2 Real

@B 4 Real - You realize this is a team game, right? I mean NOBODY really wins on their own. Just sayin'.

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