During the disappointing 2014 season for the New York Knicks, you almost forgot that veteran forward Kenyon Martin was a part of the team.
K-Mart missed the final 35 games of the season with a nagging ankle problem, one that Martin says he will undergo surgery to repair in the upcoming weeks.
What that means for his future is yet to be determined.
The 13-year veteran and former No. 1 overall pick, says he wants to play in the NBA next season. He also hopes for a return to the Knicks.
The latter part of that is highly doubtful as I highly doubt Martin figures into Phil Jackson‘s plans going forward.
He’s 37 years old and has been injury prone over the course of his year and a half stint with the Knicks. When Jackson stated that he was in a talent search, I don’t think he had guys like Martin in mind.
Martin gave the Knicks a lift off the bench last season after he was signed shortly after the trade deadline.
This season he averaged just 4.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in 32 games played, averaging 19.8 minutes per night in those contests.
While I feel it is doubtful that Martin returns to the Knicks next season, I don’t know that he will have much of a market around the NBA either.
He is a useful big body that can help a contender off the bench, but prior to him signing with New York there wasn’t a market for his services as Martin was out of the NBA waiting for a call.
Here’s to hoping that K-Mart lands in a good situation next season and can chase a ring, but that situation can’t be with the Knicks as it makes little sense for the team to bring him back.