Bulls sign Martin to 10-day contract


The Chicago Bulls signed forward Cartier Martin to a 10-day contract on Friday.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Martin has played parts of six NBA seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks. He played in 25 games with the Hawks this season, averaging 6.6 points in 17.5 minutes per game.

"We're excited to have him," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He's worked his way into the league. He came up the hard way. We like that about him. He can play multiple positions, and he's shown that he can shoot the 3."

Thibodeau also noted that Martin wouldn't likely be used on Friday night against the Milwaukee Bucks: "If we do play him, it would be in a very limited package, and it would be out of necessity today. We'll get him acclimated. We talked about the possibility of picking him up, and I think the sooner he gets here and gets started, the better. But I think he's a good fit for us."

Martin, who played at Kansas State, was selected by the Iowa Energy in the 2008 NBA Developmental League draft.

Thibodeau also addressed second-year point guard Marquis Teague's return to the Bulls roster after a stint in the D-League. While Thibodeau didn't put an exact timeframe on it, he made it seem as if Teague would be back sooner than later. He also hinted that rookie Erik Murphy may make a D-League stint in order to get more playing time.

"Right now, we want him to keep playing," Thibodeau said of Teague. "We think that's important. I think we're going to use it on [Murphy], too. I like what Marquis has done down there. He's had some good games. It gives him a chance to get into actual game situations, so I think it's been a big plus, and I like what the result has been."