In a relatively productive offseason, the Knicks brought in quality role players such as Marcus Camby, Jason Kidd, and Ronnie Brewer to provide depth and effective minutes off the bench.
However, as the 2012 season approaches, there are still holes in the roster that require filling, one of those being who will back up forward Amare Stoudemire. With Jared Jefferies now in Portland, the power forward position for New York is looking like Stoudemire and 39-year-old Kurt Thomas.
Although Thomas has maintained a reputation of being one of the better defenders at his position throughout 17 NBA seasons, at this stage in his career, he offers next to nothing on the offensive side of the ball, and at his age, injury will always be a concern.
Enter 34-year-old, Kenyon Martin.
Still a valuable player after 12 years in the league, Martin would fit right in with the "No-Layup Rule" Knicks teams of the 90's. Tough, strong, and mean, Martin can give you 15-20 productive minutes a game with his versatility and physical play. He will go after rebounds, be a presence in the paint, and still has the ability to occasionally rise up and finish.
In the past few weeks, talks between Martin and the Knicks had surfaced but just recently met resistance as Martin's representatives made it clear that he does not want to play for the veteran's minimum and is seeking actual money in his deal.
At this point, the collection of teams that have reportedly been in contact with Martin include Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and Golden State. Although still a good addition to any team, with the new CBA, front offices are becoming much thriftier with their money and many are very reluctant to offer anything higher than the vet's minimum.
Martin's options are drying up which means New York's chances of signing the forward greatly improve. With the possibility of big money out of the question, other factors now come into play such as the great level of need for his talents in New York and his relationship with current Knicks Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, & Jason Kidd.
Considering all these factors, Martin should seriously look into booking a flight to the Big Apple.