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Kevin Martin departs the Minnesota Timberwolves after contract buyout

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Veteran shooting guard Kevin Martin looks set for a shot at the playoffs once more after agreeing to a buyout with the Minnesota Timberwolves, bringing an end to his near three-year stay at the Target Center.

The Timberwolves lie in 13th place in the Western Conference and are 11 wins back from the eighth and final playoff berth. With a run in the postseason near impossible, the rebuilding franchise has allowed the experienced Martin a chance to join a contender.

At 33-years-old, Martin has spent 12 years in the NBA but has only seen the postseason twice; once in 2006 with Sacramento and again with Oklahoma City in 2013.

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The Ohio-native hasn't produced startling numbers this season, with his average of 10.6 points a contest in 21.4 minutes a stark contrast from the season prior where he boasted 20 points in 33.4 minutes.

However, the 26th pick in the 2004 draft is known for his innate ability to cut into the lane and draw fouls. He has a career average of 87% from the charity stripe and that kind of steady hand can prove useful down a stretch.

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The timing of the deal was imperative to 6'7" guard's motives. Per the NBA's rules, players waived after March 1 are not allowed to play in the postseason. The Timberwolves willingness to get this deal done so that Martin can fulfil his playoff cravings is a fine gesture on their part.

Upon reaching an agreement with Minnesota, Sam Amick of USA Today shared some of Martin's candid thoughts on Twitter.

It's clear that Martin departs with no bad blood or bridges burned, but what playoff contender will look to grab a guy who has dropped an average of 17.6 a night through his career?

Those numbers suggest some reliable contributions from the bench and ESPN's Marc Stein has suggested there is a host of teams interested in the 6'7" guard, but one favourite.

Of course, with the acquisition of Andre Miller recently, the San Antonio Spurs now possess the two oldest players in the NBA as well as the oldest average roster.

Head coach Greg Popovich obviously has a penchant for grabbing experience and with Manu Ginobili's seemingly season-ending injury, the Spurs are naturally in the market for a shooting guard to support Danny Green.

The former Western California college star is a steady option if the deal was to come to fruition. More than that, for players like Miller and Martin, it offers the well-travelled heads an opportunity to be a part of something special again, with the Spurs at 50-9 for the season.

Minnesota Timberwolves v Denver Nuggets

After three years as a solid starter and cornerstone of the Timberwolves, Martin is now seeking a new challenge where he can contribute towards a deep postseason run; where do you think Martin's ambitions will take him?

Topics:
Minnesota Timberwolves
Northwest Division
Western Conference
NBA
Kevin Martin
San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division

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