Kenyon Martin, who entered the NBA with the Nets and spent parts of two seasons with the Knicks, announced his retirement Thursday in an interview with Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports (July 2).
Martin, a 6-foot-9 forward, was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2000 out of Cincinnati. He helped the Nets reach the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 playing alongside Jason Kidd. He was traded to Denver in 2004, where he spent seven seasons after the Nuggets sent three first-round draft picks to New Jersey.
“It’s been a great 15 years,” Martin, 37, told Spears. “Thanks to all the fans that supported me over the years. But a time does come when you have to walk away, and the time is now for me. I’m ready for the next chapter of my life. I would like to thank the Nets, Nuggets, Clippers, Knicks and Bucks for the opportunity to play the game that I love. It’s been real. Thanks for the love.”
Martin played 757 games in 15 seasons and had 9,325 points, 5,159 rebounds and 864 blocked shots. He made one All-Star appearance (2004).
After leaving the Nuggets in 2011, he played a lockout-shortened season with the Clippers. In February 2013, he joined the Knicks on a 10-day contract and remained with them until the end of the 2013-14 season, when he averaged 7.8 points and 7.6 rebounds in 32 games.
Martin was waived by the Bucks last season after completing two 10-day contracts with Milwaukee.
Shane Larkin deleted a tweet during a Twitter spat that began soon after the guard’s move from the Knicks to the Nets was announced Thursday.
When a fan tweeted that Larkin was now “free from Triangle tyranny”, Larkin responded “lol preach”, which one Knicks fan construed as a shot at Phil Jackson’s offense and captured on a screenshot.
Larkin deleted the ‘preach’ tweet and soon after went to Instagram to thank the Knicks for “giving me the chance to showcase myself” this past season.
Later Thursday, Larkin agreed with a fan who said Larkin was not suited to the triangle.
Free agent LaMarcus Aldridge cancelled his meeting with the Knicks after learning New York wanted him to play center, according to USA Today’s David Aldridge (July 2).
He is the second free agent this week to reject the Knicks. Free agent David West said he wasn’t considering the Knicks because they’re not a contender.
LaMarcus Aldridge, a power forward, will meet with the Lakers for a second time, and will also visit with the Heat’s Pat Riley, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (July 2).
The Suns and Spurs also are pursuing Aldridge.
The Los Angeles Times reported Aldridge’s first meeting with the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant didn’t go well because the two “didn’t quite gel” as Bryant focused on branding, marketing and other off-court topics (July 2). Aldridge will meet with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and coach Byron Scott in the second meeting.
Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton discuss Phil Jackson’s failure to recruit players as the free agency period heads into a holiday weekend. The guys also discuss the many signings around the league, and welcome rapper and die-hard Knicks fan Joe Budden (21:19) to the show for his take on the team.
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The Nets have signed free agent PG Shane Larkin to a two-year, $3 million contract, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (July 2).
Larkin averaged 6.2 points and 3.0 assists in 24.5 minutes per game with the Knicks last season. In his two years in the NBA, Larkin has averaged 4.9 points per game.
The 22-year-old was drafted No. 18 overall by the Atlanta Hawks in 2013.
The Knicks are intensifying their pursuit of restricted free agent PG Patrick Beverley, Alex Kennedy reports (July 2).
Per Kennedy, the two sides have been talking a lot lately.
Beverley is also reportedly drawing interest from the Cavaliers, Kings and Mavericks.
Last season for the Rockets, Beverley averaged 10.1 points, 3.4 assists, and 4.2 rebounds while playing 30.8 minutes per game.
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Beverley isn’t the NBA’s everyday, prototypical point guard, but perhaps that’s a good thing for the Knicks. His biggest strength lies within his effort on the defensive end. He has great instincts, and as one of the best defensive point guards in the league, has the potential to shut down opposing score-first guards.
Beverley can play relatively well off the ball as well. This would give the Knicks the flexibility to feature someone like Carmelo Anthony and/or Arron Afflalo offensively, and then allow Beverley to space the floor a bit.
With Jose Calderon and Langston Galloway already on board, Phil Jackson previously said he believed the team was set at the lead-guard position. Then he went out and traded for rookie Notre Dame floor general Jerian Grant. Bringing in Beverley — and subsequently sacrificing a decent chunk of the cap room the team has left — would likely mean Calderon is on his way out. That would only make sense.
The New York Knicks’ free-agent wish list is starting to dwindle by the hour.
Earlier Thursday, the team missed out on center Greg Monroe, who pushed the Knicks aside to sign a max deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Both DeAndre Jordan and LaMarcus Aldridge are seemingly long shots to join New York this summer, and in a segment with ESPN, former Knicks player Antonio Davis said he couldn’t blame Aldridge.
“In LaMarcus’ case, I’d have a hard time with just this roster because it’s not filled in,” Davis said. “Everybody is turning you down for numerous reasons. If I’m going to lose, I don’t want to lose on the biggest stage in basketball.”
After Davis’ comments, host Jay Crawford asked Davis and analyst Tom Penn about what Carmelo Anthony’s role in free agency should be and if he is deterring stars from joining the Knicks.
“He’s a guy, to me, that’s driving this bus,” Davis said. “He needs to be more vocal to try and get a guy like LaMarcus Aldridge to buy into that something that may happen down the line.”
Added Penn: “He’s never won. Typically it’s been about ‘Melo.”
Between Davis and Penn, a couple of valid points were made.
Anthony should be recruiting players. And he did. It was reported that Anthony reached out to Jordan and Monroe and Afflalo about joining up in New York. To what extent those conversations got to remains a mystery, though.
Yes, when ‘Melo tries to sell the Knicks to these free agents, it’s a hard sell. It’s him, Afflalo, a rookie in Jerian Grant and in a few years, Krisaps Porzingis. It’s like selling a 2006 Explorer when there’s a host of 2016 BMWs in the same lot.
Penn brought up a good point, one that’s potentially very scary for Knicks fans as this free-agency period plays out and fans begin to look ahead to next year. Is ‘Melo’s presence deterring other stars from coming to town?
In Boston, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett all assumed lesser roles to win a championship. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had to put their egos aside to make way for LeBron James and win two championships.
There has been no indication that ‘Melo wouldn’t be OK with taking a backseat to another superstar, but is he selling that to his colleagues?
If I’m Anthony, that has to be the pitch. “Hey, LaMarcus, you be the guy, and I’ve got your back if you need it.” But don’t ask him to be your Robin here in New York.
The Knicks need a bit of good fortune to pull off any big splashes in free agency. They still have $19.8 million in projected cap space, and if ‘Melo can soften his pitch, perhaps the Knicks can salvage something this week.