This report is interesting given that a report came out days ago reiterating that Kenyon Martin — unlike his veteran counterparts — will not sign for the veteran’s minimum, but somehow wants to link forces with the Nets or Lakers. What we do know, from media reports, is Mitch Kupchak won’t use the MLE, so Martin’s leverage has went downhill via Sam Amick.
Kenyon Martin, meanwhile, isn’t so lucky. The 12-year veteran was a key reserve for the Clippers, his impact going way beyond his marginal numbers (5.2 points, 4.3 rebounds) for a team that reached the second round of the playoffs for the second time in franchise history. But sources said the 34-year-old power forward is holding up this later stage of the hiring process for frontcourt free agents, with the Lakers and the Nets among the teams he’s considering and negotiation leverage seemingly gone because so many of his colleagues seem willing to take minimum deals.