May 13, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Kevin Martin (23) brings the ball up court in game four of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum. Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-97, and lead in the series 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency Rumors: New Orleans Pelicans Expected to Target Kevin Martin


The New Orleans Pelicans seem to have their free agent targets prioritized as multiple reports suggest that they’re going to attempt to land Tyreke Evans one way or another. Some reports indicate that they’ll make an offer to the restricted free agent while others suggest that offer will be followed up by a sign-and-trade deal that involves sending Eric Gordon to the Kings.

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein though, the Pelicans are planning things out ahead of Evans and have things lined up in case they are unable to acquire him via an offer sheet or sign-and-trade. Oklahoma City swingman Kevin Martin is on the Pelicans radar as a backup plan to landing Tyreke Evans.

There’s a growing belief that the Thunder’s chances of hanging on to Martin are dwindling fast given how close they are to the luxury-tax threshold already. Sources say New Orleans will go after him if it can’t land Evans and there will be other suitors, too.

It makes sense that the Pelicans would be targeting Martin but it’s clear that they’re going to to anything and everything they can to do to simply land Evans first before making any other moves. New Orleans will have competition for Martin though as the Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks are two of a handful of teams reportedly showing interest on some level in Martin.

But if one thing is clear, it’s that Martin seems to be done with the Thunder and the next question is where will he land?

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