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.
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.