May 18, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kenyon Martin (3) and Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) battle for position in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Knicks, Kenyon Martin agree to deal

Many New York Knicks fans have asked one question over the course of the past few weeks- “What is taking so long to re-sign Kenyon Martin?”

It looks like they finally have that answer.

May 16, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kenyon Martin (3) during the third quarter of Game 5 in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 85-75. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks and Martin have reportedly agreed on a one-year deal that will pay the 35-year old the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million.

Martin’s agent Andy Miller had indicated over the course of the past couple of weeks that his client was close to agreeing on a deal with the Knicks and finally it has happened, which is great news for the franchise as they needed some frontcourt depth, especially in the form of a defensive minded player like Martin.

After sitting out half of the season last year, K-Mart made quite the impression with the Knicks and became a fan favorite.

After signing with the Knicks late last season, Martin played a large role in the frontcourt in the final month of the regular season and playoffs, averaging 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in nearly 24 minutes in the regular season, including 11 starts.

In addition, Martin played 12 playoff games for the Knicks and averaged nearly six points in 21 minutes.

The former No. 1 overall pick should have a huge impact on the Knicks interior defense this coming season.

He chose a return to the Knicks after being unable to land a bigger contract elsewhere. The Lakers, Clippers, Spurs and Nets all reportedly had interest as free agency began, but the Knicks finally got their man.

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