What? Oh, yeah… That actually happened way earlier. You missed it? Let us recap…
After the Milwaukee Bucks ridiculously pointless involvement in the sign-and-trade of J.J. Redick to the Los Angeles Clippers, it’s a little tough to remember the Bucks decision to reacquire Luke Ridnour (and a Wolves 2014 second round pick) to assist with the Oklahoma City-Wolves Kevin Martin sign-and-trade. Because why would anyone get anything after trading Tobias Harris for an unrestricted Redick in the first place?
It turns out Ridnour won’t be backing up Detroit-bound Brandon Jennings or filling in at shooting guard for Dallas-bound Monta Ellis, but instead will be the steady hand backing up Bucks starting point guard Brandon Knight.
Meanwhile, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the Wolves get the 2-guard with decent size and shooting they have never had while nitpickers (like me) get to gripe about the defense Kevin Martin has never played. It’s really the best of both worlds.
After being initially delayed over a month ago due to the workings-out of said sign-and-trade along with those Corey Brewer and Chase Budinger free agent signings, Martin was finally introduced to a gaggle of reporters this morning at Target Center.
From the Pi-Press take on things. It’s pretty positive.
The Timberwolves acquired Kevin Martin almost a month ago, but the 30-year-old shooter guard finally got a chance Monday to tell the Minnesota media what it means to him.
“This was an easy decision to come up here to Minnesota,” said Martin, who was formally introduced at a Target Center news conference. “I’ve been overwhelmed with responses this week, people thanking me for coming here.”
The 6-foot-7 shooting guard, a primary offseason target for the Wolves, was an unrestricted free agent who re-signed with Oklahoma City so he could be part of a three-team trade with the Minnesota. He has a four-year deal worth $28 million.
“We didn’t have anyone we could pencil in 17, 18 points from the No. 2 spot,” Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders said.
Martin averaged just 14.0 points per game, his lowest since his first two seasons in the league, when he averaged 2.9 (2004-05) and 10.0 (2005-06) with Sacramento. He played 77 games last season, but didn’t start any for the first time since his rookie season.
He has averaged 17.8 points per game for his career and now is reunited with Wolves (and former Kings) coach Rick Adelman.