Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – Guard Kevin Martin will sign a four-year, $28 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves after the free agency moratorium is lifted on July 10.
Martin, 30, was Oklahoma City Thunder’s sixth man and third-leading scorer this past season averaging 14 points on 45 percent shooting.
He has averaged 17.8 points in nine NBA seasons, distinguishing himself as a dependable 3-point threat.
The Timberwolves was Martin’s first option outside the Thunder, who decided against bringing Martin him back to stay out of the league’s luxury tax.
Memphis Grizzlies were exploring sign-and-trade possibilities to land him and the Milwaukee Bucks also had serious interest. But Martin allowed a significant pay cut from his previous contract of $11 million annually to reunite with coach Rick Adelman.
“Especially being (with coach Rick) Adelman, and their starting lineup just needed a two-guard, so I feel like it’s a perfect fit,” Martin said about joining the Timberwolves.
Adelman was his coach with the Sacramento Kings who drafted him 26th overall in 2004, and again with the Houston Rockets from 2010 to 2012.
Furthermore, Martin has always been a fan of Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio and had hoped the Kings would draft him in 2009 but opted for Tyreke Evans with the fourth pick instead.
Martin came to the Thunder as part of the preseason trade that sent James Harden to the Houston Rockets.
The Thunder have been pursuing free-agent forward Dorell Wright as a possible replacement for Martin.
The Thunder had shown an interest in bringing Martin back as well, but a return was always unlikely because of their desire to stay out of the league’s luxury tax.