Rockets, Kings Finalize Kenyon Martin Jr. Trade

NOVEMBER 25: The Rockets and Kings have each sent out press releases confirming that the trade is complete. Houston officially acquired the rights to Martin in exchange for the Lakers’ 2021 second-rounder and cash, as detailed below.


NOVEMBER 18: The Rockets have agreed to reacquire their pick at No. 52 and used it to select Kenyon Martin Jr., tweets Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated.

In order to land Martin at No. 52, the Rockets sent $1MM in cash and the Lakers’ 2021 second-round pick to Sacramento, reports Tim MacMahon of ESPN (Twitter link).

Martin, the son of the first pick in the 2000 draft, played this year at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, after originally committing to Vanderbilt. The 19-year-old was among the players selected for the NBA’s virtual draft combine.

The Rockets originally sent the pick to Sacramento in a three-way trade in 2019 to acquire Iman Shumpert.

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11 thoughts on “Rockets, Kings Finalize Kenyon Martin Jr. Trade

  1. harden-westbrook-mvps

    Given his skill set it looks like he could learn a lot from Westbrook, assuming Russ is still with the team once the season starts.

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    I think they should have kept 16th pick. Seems they are looking to future. They will clean house. Do t now about Jr. His Dad was solid player. Good motor 2wsy playet

        • harden-westbrook-mvps

          It’s funny how there was absolutely zero due process involved with that alleged incident. The only proof was the word of the woman who was more than likely paid off to say what she did. Poor Danuel House was tried in the court of public opinion with zero proof that he had done anything wrong. Disgustingly pathetic if you ask me.

          • x%sure

            Pathetic is right. The facts stated are wrong. The woman indicated someone else. Other evidence was used despite her. “Due process” my azz. That term belongs to jurisprudence; wanna stop saying he was charged with a crime?— that was not the point. Houston, not surprised. Respectable people resist a transfer there.

            • harden-westbrook-mvps

              And “respectable people” don’t resist being transferred to Cleveland? Only people from Akron want to live there.

  3. implant

    Jr and his mom used to come into my restaurant and watch his dad play. My friend was his first high school coach

  4. hiflew

    Kenyon Martin Jr. reminds me a lot of Patrick Ewing Jr. Neither of them would have been anywhere near the NBA if they weren’t named after a former #1 overall pick. Good luck to Martin Jr., but I doubt he even sees the court in the NBA much.

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