The Cavs are one of the teams interested in Kevin Martin:
Executives around the league will be watching closely, with many teams hoping to land Martin by the February trade deadline should the Kings make him available.
League sources indicate Houston, Toronto, Cleveland, Phoenix and Dallas are among those keeping watch.
The Kings, who are believed to be looking for a significant frontcourt addition, have given no indication they intend to move Martin.
Imagine a backcourt of Mo Williams and Kevin Martin. The shooting, the scoring, the speed, the absolute lack of defense….
Don’t get me wrong, I’d love Kevin Martin. He’s 26, he’s from Ohio (Zanesville!) and he averaged nearly 25 points last season. I’m all for adding young, talented players to this roster.
However… He’s not good defensively and he doesn’t do much else besides score, averaging 3.6 boards and 2.7 assists last season.
I do believe that the Cavs need a shooting guard but I think it’s imperative he can play good (if not great) defense. They need a big athletic wing who can guard the NBA’s elite players so LeBron doesn’t have to (think Ron Harper, Ariza, Bowen, etc). Anthony Parker could be that guy, but I’d be more comfortable if he was 4 years younger (I just don’t think he can keep up with the quicker guards) and Delonte West would be absolutely perfect if he was 3 inches taller.
I wouldn’t poo-poo a Martin acquistion but I don’t think he’s their most pressing need.