Kenyon Martin is a rich man, but we all knew that right?
Well according to Sports Illustrated he is ranked 40th among professional athletes after making over $16 million last season.
Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post wrote a rather fascinating blog on the feature. Former Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony was 21st and LeBron James was third.
Martin also tweeting something rather interesting a couple of days ago:
What’s y’all think about me in a Mavs jersey next year!! Just a thought people.
My first thought, and I’m sure I wasn’t the first one was his little courtside run-in with Mark Cuban.
Despite all that, Martin would actually fit in well with the Mavericks, with his defensive intensity and veteran leadership. And lets not forget that he was teammates with Jason Kidd in New Jersey, where the two were the catalysts of the Nets making the NBA Finals twice. Martin also played some of his best ball with Kidd. Not quite sure if it will happen, but would be a nice fit for both.
One person tweeted him back to join the Knicks, and that would also be a good fit for the veteran power forward. We all know New York needs defensive players, and Martin is good friends with Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.
He then tweeted, ‘what about Jersey?’ and that is another great idea. They need veteran leadership on that team and no doubt Avery Johnson would make him a captain to go along with Deron Williams.
And finally he tweeted to his followers ‘Well we need to put the pressure on Denver’, which obviously shows he is interested in staying with the Nuggets. But the question remains at what price and with what role?
It is pretty apparent that the Nuggets are willing to move on without him, even though George Karl would love to have his intensity back. And there is no doubt the Nuggets would want him back, but maybe not as a starter and for far less money, but it is very unlikely Martin would accept the decrease in minutes and price.
One option that may fit him is the Miami Heat, especially with the Heat most likely losing Zydraunas Ilgauskas and Juwan Howard.
No matter where, there will be a spot in the league for Martin. Very few play as hard and as well as him on defense, and his intensity is irreplaceable.
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