The “Los Angeles Times” reported Friday that the Los Angeles Clippers have bolstered their front-court after coming to terms with Free Agent veteran forward Kenyon Martin that will put him in a Clippers uniform for the balance of the season. According to the paper Martin signed for the “mini mid-level exception” said to be worth $2.5 million. The former Denver Nuggets starter had signed a contract during the Lockout with Chinese team the Xinjiang Tigers, however the team gave him his walking papers earlier this season. He was not supposed to be able to sign a contract with a club from the Association until his former team’s season ended; but the FIBA ruled on Thursday that he was free to sign at any time.
The report states that the veteran’s former teammate with the Nuggets, Chauncey Billups was very instrumental in convincing him to sign with the vastly improved Clippers. Martin joins All-Star forward Blake Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan as the big men on the squad. The veteran has played 11 years in the Association and was selected as a first round pick by the New Jersey Nets in 2000 NBA Draft. He was a key member of the Nets team that made it to the NBA Finals. He has averaged 13.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game over his career.