Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Opening Tip: Does Martin fit in with Knicks?
By Ian Begley
Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.
Today's Burning Question: Should the Knicks go after Kenyon Martin, or leave the roster alone?
Martin's looking for a team. Should the Knicks come calling?
Even with Amare Stoudemire's injury, the Knicks have the potential to be incredibly deep on the front line.
Kurt Thomas has made an impact in a complementary role in the Knicks' first three games -- all wins. Rasheed Wallace continues to get back into playing shape. Marcus Camby may make his debut on Friday against Dallas.
So is there really any room for Martin?
You can never have enough size, but if Stoudemire comes back healthy and Thomas and Wallace remain relatively productive, it's hard to see where Martin fit's in.
Of course, Martin would add front line depth, which could be valuable for a team reliant on interior defense and rebounding.
But bringing in Martin means the Knicks would need to cut someone from their 15-man roster. They have two non-guaranteed contracts in Wallace and rookie Chris Copeland.
Wallace isn't getting cut. Woodson wouldn't do that to him after the 38-year-old agreed to come out of a two-year retirement to join the Knicks.
Copeland showed promise in the preseason, averaging 15.5 points per game and displaying a burgeoning confidence with each minute on the floor. But is it worth letting him go to bring in the 34-year-old Martin?
Question: What do you think? Would you bring in the 34-year-old Martin, who will reportedly play for the veteran's minimum?
Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.