Apr. 25, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Steve Novak (16) and Los Angeles Clippers power forward Kenyon Martin (2) wait for the rebound during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 99-93. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Kenyon Martin: Why Veteran Forward Needs to Sign with Knicks

While the New York Knicks have done a good job this offseason, adding veteran pieces such as Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby, Raymond Felton, Kurt Thomas and Ronnie Brewer, the Knicks may not be done, as one glaring hole still exists on the Knicks roster.

May 11, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph (50) defends as Los Angeles Clippers power forward Kenyon Martin (2) sets up to dunk in the second half of game 6 of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center. Grizzlies won 90-88. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

That’s a legitimate backup power forward.

Sure Kurt Thomas can give them some minutes behind Amar’e Stoudemire as could Carmelo Anthony at times, but a legitimate power forward who can spell Stoudemire and play defense and rebound is still needed.

That guy should be Kenyon Martin.

However, while there is mutual interest between the Knicks and martin, especially since he’s friends with both Anthony and J.R. Smith, Martin still wants to be paid well and that’s something the Knicks can’t do as they are down to offering veteran minimum contracts.

According to ESPN’s Jared Zwerling, that’s something K-Mart won’t do.

Regarding Kenyon Martin, out of available PFs, he’d make most sense for NYK. Versatile, knows Melo/JR. But source says won’t sign for min.

— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) August 2, 2012


However most team’s rosters are about set and most teams are in the position that the Knicks are in and can only offer minimum deals.

That could play in the Knicks favor, as could the fact that Martin’s options are drying up — the Warriors were interested but they signed Carl Landry, and the Clippers have moved on. K-Mart can elect to wait it out until training camp starts, looking for some team to give him a piece of their mid-level exception, but he may have some less than ideal options to choose from when it comes time.

The decision to come to the Big Apple should be an easy one for Martin.

There’s a need for him in New York and he can play a big role on a winning team, something he hasn’t done a lot of in his career. With the Knicks, Martin has the opportunity to potentially contend for a championship, something that has eluded him throughout his career.

Now it’s just a matter of whether or not Martin is willing to sacrifice some money for the opportunity to try and win.

After 12 years in the NBA in which he’s made a total of $110,784,447, you would think winning would be his top priority.

I guess we will have to wait and see.

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