San Antonio Spurs are poised to sign veteran guards Kevin Martin and Andre Miller, who are both on their way out of the Minnesota Timbwerwolves.
While Miller and Minnesota have already reached an agreement on Saturday, Martin has been in advanced negotiations with the team on a contract buyout.
Martin and Minnesota have until Tuesday to part ways in order for Martin to be playoff-eligible for his new team. Martin, 33, hasn’t been a part of a playoff team since his days with Oklahoma City Thunder. According to ESPN, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets have also made a case to sign Martin but Spurs are the frontrunners to land the veteran guard.
Kevin Martin: A scoring machine…
Martin is an established scorer in the league, averaging 17.6 points in 30.5 minutes per game through his 12-year career. While his defense remains a problem, Martin can still add valuable scoring punch to a contender, and is capable of scoring 30+ points on any given night. Also, Martin has shot close to 39 per cent from the 3-point range for his career.
With Manu Ginboli still out with the injury, the Spurs have been actively looking to add veteran players to fill the void. Martin could prove to be the perfect replacement, though he doesn’t bring the defensive tenacity that Ginobli is renowned for. Also, Martin has very little postseason experience.
Gregg Popovich, the Spurs coach, is still sceptical about a return date for Ginobli. “(There’s) a little less pain each day. But (it’s) a slow process,” Popovich said about Ginboli’s healing process. Ginobli, recovering from testicular surgery, hasn’t played a game since the February 3 win against New Orelans.
Both Miller and Martin have barely seen playing time with the Timberwolves, who have solely focused on developing their young players such as Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine & Co.
Who gets cut from the Spurs roster?
The Spurs need to cut two players to make way for Miller and Martin. The pair of Rasual Butler and Ray McCallum are expected to be relegated to the D-League or cut altogether. There is also the case for 35-year-old Matt Bonner to be cut but the ‘Red Mamba’ has emotional ties with the organization and won’t be cut until he decides to retire.
Spurs (50-9) still believe they can defeat the unstoppable Golden State Warriors.