Knicks add former Net Kenyon Martin

02/21/2013 7:19 PM ET
By Joe Auriemma

Kenyon Martin last played in the NBA in 2011-12 with the Los Angeles Clippers.(AP)
The Knicks added roster space by trading Ronnie Brewer to the Oklahoma City Thunder prior to Thursday's NBA trade deadline. Now, New York has made a move to fill that empty spot.

The Knicks have agreed to sign former Nets forward Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract.  The 35-year-old Martin last played for the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2011-12 season, averaging career-lows of 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

Martin, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2000 NBA Draft, has been unemployed all season, but has found a home with a very familiar Eastern Conference contender.

The move also reunites Martin with his former Nets teammate, Jason Kidd. Both players helped lead New Jersey to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances, although both times they fell short of a title.

It also reunites him with J.R. Smith, who played with Martin in Denver. Smith's driver pulled an April Fools prank on Martin by filling his Range Rover with popcorn, fueling a locker room tirade by Martin that made national news.

The Knicks' move will bolster a front court that needs help. It's a low-risk move for a team that is, right now, headed in the wrong direction. New York is still 32-19 this season and in first in the Atlantic Division, but they are 13-13 since Dec. 21 and have dropped three straight -- including an embarrassing 125-91 loss in Indiana on Wednesday night.

Martin boasts career averages of 13 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, but has not been the same dominant player since leaving the Nets nearly a decade ago. comments