Atlantic Notes: Knicks, Martin, Sixers, Turner

March 24 2013 at 10:41am CDT By Zach Links

After struggling to find an NBA team for much of the season, Kenyon Martin has found a home with the Knicks.  The veteran forward has proven to be a vital piece for New York down the stretch and K-Mart says that he wants to return next season.  While one would have thought that he would have gotten a return invite from the Clippers last year, it’s hard to see the Knicks not making an effort to re-sign Martin if he keeps playing like this.  Let’s head over to 7th Ave and work our way out to the rest of the Atlantic..

  • Knicks coach Mike Woodson sounds confident that Jason Kidd can play out the remaining two years on his contract, but the point guard isn’t quite as sure, writes Zach Braziller of the New York Post.  “We’re going to revisit [it],” he said. “We [would] love to make it to 42, but we have to be realistic. If the body and mind can’t compete at the same time, then I got to move to the side and watch these younger guys play. But I feel great.
  • While the Sixers‘ biggest decision this summer may be in regards to Andrew Bynum, they’ll also have to figure out what their future will be with Evan Turner, writes Tom Moore of Calkins Media.  Turner doesn’t merit a deal like Jrue Holiday‘s four-year, $44MM contract and he probably won’t want to take something signficantly cheaper.  Philly can trigger Turner’s $8.7MM qualifying offer for 2014/15 to give them the right to match anyone else’s deal.
  • With the Nets, Kidd and Martin used to get notoriously fired up to beat the crosstown rival Knicks.  Martin never imagined that the two would be reunited in blue-and-orange, but he’s happy about it nonetheless, writes Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press.
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