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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

Oklahoma City Thunder Determined to Sign and Trade Kevin Martin

While it’s not known if Kevin Martin will leave the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency, the Thunder want to make one thing clear if he does – they want to sign and trade him.

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Thunder are ‘determined’ to sign and trade Martin if they get the feeling he’s leaving.

Per Stein:

Word is OKC determined to try concoct sign-and-trade if they know they’re losing Martin but even that’s tough given lack of $ wiggle room

Oklahoma City can’t afford to pay Martin very much as they’re attempting to avoid the NBA’s luxury tax, so Martin has a choice – win or play for the money. Few teams will have a better chance at reaching the NBA Finals outside of the Thunder and Martin, who spent a large majority of his career playing for a woeful Sacramento Kings team thoroughly enjoyed playing on one of the leagues elite teams last year.

Still, it’s not easy to turn down hefty sums of money and with the amount of interest Martin is receiving, somebody is going to offer him more than what the Thunder can afford.

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