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Meanwhile, the player who Barnes would essentially be replacing, Martin, remains unemployed despite his reputation as a tenacious defender and enforcer. He’s the sort of veteran that could come in handy for any contender, but here’s the crucial rub: It appears that most, if not all, of the interested teams want him to sign a veteran’s minimum deal.
The Lakers and Celtics have shown interest previously, but the question now is whether the 34-year-old Martin will hold out until midseason or perhaps even retire if he doesn’t get a deal and a situation to his liking. His leading competitor in this corner of the free-agent market is journeyman forward Louis Amundson, the 29-year-old who came off the bench for Indiana last season.
I’ve never been a fan of Kenyon Martin’s attitude or his lips neck tattoo, but the guy plays hard and defends. The Celtics could make a play if Jared Sullinger, Chris Wilcox or Jason Collins struggle or suffer an injury. Danny Ainge is holding the bi-annual exception (approx $2 mil) which would allow him to pay Martin a bit more than the vet minimum. I would only invite Martin to Boston if one of the above proves worthless.
Amick says the Celtics are also interested in small forward Terrence Williams – a former 2009 lottery pick who played in Houston and Sacramento last season. Unless Dionte Christmas or Kris Joseph fail miserably, I don’t see a reason why the C’s would move on Williams.
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