The Minnesota Timberwolves have been looking to deal Kevin Martin at the NBA Trade Deadline, but there’s reportedly no market for him
The Minnesota Timberwolves are without question one of the teams to keep an eye on over then next five years. With the addition of Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine in 2014 and then Karl-Anthony Towns in 2015, the Wolves have one of the strongest young nuclei in the league. However, they’ve been working to try and expedite the process even further leading up to the 2016 NBA Trade Deadline as they’ve been trying to trade veteran wing Kevin Martin. However, that might not be happening this year.
According to a report from Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press, the Timberwolves have indeed been making calls to try and move the 33-year-old Martin prior to the NBA Trade Deadline. However, the problem is that there is “no market” out there for Martin. Given that with less than a week remaining until the deadline, one can assume that a trade involving Martin is highly unlikely.
When you break it down, it’s really not all that surprising that Minnesota can’t find a market for Martin at the deadline. Not only is his salary sitting at just under $7.1 million for this season, but he also has a player option for just under $7.4 million next season, an option he would almost surely take considering what his valuation would be in free agency.
The fact that there’s no market isn’t solely indicative of his talent, but rather his talent and potential contributions in relation to his affect on the salary cap. Though the Timberwolves have an incredibly bright future, they’re likely going to be saddled with Martin for the next season and a half.