Cartier Martin

Hawks Re-Sign Cartier Martin

The Hawks have given Cartier Martin a second 10-day deal, the team has announced via press release. The timing is a little odd, given that the All-Star break will take up half the length of the contract, but perhaps Atlanta wants to keep the small forward from other teams. He had a pair of 10-day deals with the Bulls earlier this season, and Tom Thibodeau is high on him.

Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that the team was likely to re-sign Martin, though at that point there wasn’t a timetable. He appeared in only two games on his first 10-day with the Hawks, but he’s played 27 games for them this season overall, since he was with the club from camp until January 7th, when Atlanta elected to waive him rather than guarantee his contract for the season. The Hawks will again face a decision of whether to guarantee the Andrew Vye client‘s deal for the balance of the year once his latest 10-day deal expires.

Atlanta can’t trade Martin at the deadline, as I explained earlier today, but the team could terminate his deal early to open up a roster spot for an unbalanced trade if need be. The Hawks have 14 guaranteed contracts, so Martin occupies the team’s only open roster space.

Hawks Likely To Re-Sign Cartier Martin

The Hawks are likely to ink Cartier Martin to a second 10-day contract once his first one expires tonight, tweets Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The ASM Sports client also signed a pair of 10-day deals with the Bulls this season, as our 10-day Tracker shows, but Chicago elected not to retain him, probably over luxury tax concerns.

Martin has appeared in two games in his latest stint with Atlanta, averaging 6.5 points in 10.5 minutes per game. He’s spent most of the season as a member of the Hawks after making the team as a training camp invitee, with his brief Chicago interlude coming after Atlanta cut him in January, just before his deal would have become guaranteed for the rest of the year. The Hawks would have to revisit the decision of whether to keep him for the balance of the season at their end of a second 10-day contract with him.

A second 10-day deal would put the Hawks at a full 15-man roster going into the trade deadline, but since teams can unilaterally terminate 10-day contracts at any time, Atlanta would still have the flexibility to take on an extra player in a lopsided swap. The Clippers prematurely ended their 10-day deal with Maalik Wayns earlier this season, and the Spurs did the same with Othyus Jeffers.

Hawks Sign Cartier Martin To 10-Day Contract

5:11pm: The Hawks have officially announced the signing, via Twitter.

9:51am: After letting go of James Nunnally at the end of his second 10-day contract, the Hawks are now adding small forward Cartier Martin on a short-term deal, according Shams Charania of RealGM. Martin recently played out consecutive 10-day contracts with the Bulls, who declined to extend him for the rest of the year.

Martin was released by the Hawks earlier this season, then performed well in his limited time with the Bulls, shooting over 60% from both the three and the floor overall. In his six seasons, the Andrew Vye client has career averages of 5.4 points and 2.0 rebounds on 14.4 minutes per game.


Central Rumors: Irving, Martin, Rose

The leading story in the Central Division, and around the NBA, surrounds Kyrie Irving and his alleged discontent with the Cavaliers. It’s in the team’s best interests to mend fences with the star point guard, as multiple Cleveland-area writers have written, but the Cavs still wield most, if not all of the leverage. Irving would be a “raving lunatic” if he passed up a max extension from the team this summer, opines Sean Deveney of The Sporting News. Here’s more on the Cavs and their Central Division rivals:

  • The Bulls have no immediate plans to re-sign Cartier Martin, whose second 10-day contract expired this week, but Tom Thibodeau won’t rule out the idea of bringing him back later this season, notes Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.
  • In the same piece, Thibodeau admits that Derrick Rose could begin practicing with the team later this season. The Bulls have maintained that Rose is out for the season, but Rose has left the door open for a return during the playoffs.
  • Executives around the league believe the Cavs are hesitant to send No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett to the D-League because they think it would look like an admission of failure on their part, according to Chris Mannix of
  • With landing the No. 1 pick seemingly the best-case scenario for the Bucks this year, Matt Velazquez of the Journal Sentinel explains that it’s no panacea.

Bulls Won’t Re-Sign Cartier Martin

Cartier Martin‘s second 10-day contract with the Bulls expired last night, and Chicago won’t re-sign him for the rest of the season, reports Shams Charania of Teams are limited to handing out only a pair of 10-day deals to a player before they must decide whether to keep him for the season or part ways.

A report surfaced within an hour of the team’s announcement of Martin’s second 10-day contract that the Bulls hoped to re-sign the Andrew Vye client for the season, so it isn’t clear whether the decision not to do so came from Chicago or from Martin’s camp. The Bulls are perilously close to luxury tax territory, as I explained earlier this month, so perhaps Chicago grew skittish about committing the bulk of its remaining room beneath the tax threshold to the 29-year-old. Today’s news could be a boon for Mike James, whose first 10-day contract with the team expires after Friday night. The Bulls are at 13 players without Martin, and they can’t carry fewer than that for more than two weeks at a time.

Tom Thibodeau was supportive of Martin sticking around for the rest of the season, Charania tweets, so maybe this is another sign of disconnect between the Bulls coach and front office. Martin averaged just 2.5 points in 8.0 minutes per game over six appearances, though he made 62.5% of his field goal attempts in the small sample size.

Bulls Re-Sign Cartier Martin

11:17am: The Bulls hope to sign Martin for the season once his second 10-day deal expires, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune (Twitter link).

10:30am: Martin’s deal with Chicago is official, the team has announced.

8:00am: The Bulls and Cartier Martin have agreed on a second 10-day contract, reports Shams Charania of His first 10-day expired last night.

Martin appeared in three games for an average of 13.7 minutes on his first deal with Chicago, averaging 5.0 points per game with a 15.9 PER over that diminutive sample size. The 29-year-old small forward spent most of the season with the Hawks, for whom he averaged 6.6 PPG in 17.5 MPG, with a 10.1 PER. Atlanta waived him on the final day before his contract would have become guaranteed for the entire season.

The Bulls have only 12 other players, so they’d have had to bring on someone else within 14 days if they weren’t re-signing Martin. Teams can carry fewer than 13 players for no more than two weeks at a time. Martin says he had interest from other clubs before he initially signed with Chicago, so it behooves the Bulls to strike quickly to retain the ASM Sports client.

Bulls Notes: Dunleavy, Luxury Tax, Martin

When Mike Dunleavy signed with the Bulls last offseason, he assumed he was signing on for an off-the-bench role on a contending team. Quite a bit has changed with the season-ending injury to Derrick Rose and the recent trade of Luol Deng. Dunleavy is doing his best to adapt to his new role as a starter writes K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune. Here’s more on the Bulls:

  • The Deng trade to the Cavaliers, the possibility of further trades, and the potential use of the amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer after the season has led to speculation the team is heading into a rebuilding phase. Both executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman discounted that assertion. Instead, they countered with the notion that the team was simply retooling. This retooling will be aided by the Bulls getting themselves out of paying the luxury tax for this season, and the Bulls fully intend to put the money right back into the team, writes Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun Times.
  • Cowley also notes that Cartier Martin, who was recently signed to a 10-day contract, had a strong debut for the team. In 26 minutes of action off the bench, Martin contributed 11 points and made four-out-of-five shots from the field. Martin said he had several options with other NBA teams but thought the Bulls were the best fit for him.
  • Another bit from Cowley is that with the recent speculation that the Knicks would pursue coach Tom Thibodeau, Bobcats coach Steve Clifford, a former assistant along with Thibodeau for the Knicks and Rocketsexpressed that he didn’t believe Thibodeau would be fazed by participating in the rebuilding or retooling of the team. Thibodeau stated in response to the Knicks rumors: That stuff is ridiculous. First I was being traded. … I couldn’t care less about that stuff. I love the fighting spirit of this team. That’s all I’m thinking about.

Bulls Sign Cartier Martin

Three days after being released by the Hawks, Cartier Martin has found a new job. The Bulls have signed Martin to a 10-day contract, the team announced today in a press release.

Martin, 29, spent parts of four seasons with the Wizards prior to hooking on with the Hawks, appearing in 118 total games for Washington. In 25 contests with Atlanta this season, Martin averaged 6.6 PPG and 2.0 RPG while shooting a career-best 40.5% on three-pointers.

The Bulls had a two-week window after completing their trade of Luol Deng to add another body and increase their player count to 13, the minimum roster count allowed by the NBA. The Deng deal dipped Chicago slightly below the luxury tax, giving the team little room to add players. So unless the Bulls find another cost-cutting trade, we shouldn’t expect them to fill those last two open roster spots.

Hawks Waive Cartier Martin

The Hawks waived Cartier Martin in advance of today’s 4pm CT deadline, tweets Marc Stein of  Had Atlanta not beat the deadline, Martin’s minimum salary contract would have been guaranteed for the rest of the season.

The 29-year-old spent parts of four seasons with the Wizards prior to hooking on with the Hawks, appearing in 118 total games for Washington.  Martin averaged 6.6 points per contest and 2.0 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game for the Hawks this season.  He’ll be job hunting but it seems likely that he’ll find something soon, perhaps on a ten-day deal to start.

Contract Details: Sixers, Price, Stone, Christmas

Mark Deeks of has updated his salary database to account for every NBA team’s opening night roster, and in the process has provided several contract details that had previously been unreported. Let’s round up Deeks’ new info, which has now been incorporated into our list of non-guaranteed salaries and our schedule of guarantee dates….

  • Daniel Orton and Brandon Davies were late additions to the Sixers‘ roster, but they received the same kind of deals that many of the team’s other offseason signees did: Non-guaranteed four-year pacts. Hollis Thompson, meanwhile, landed a $35K guarantee for this season on his four-year contract.
  • When Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors listed the camp cuts who had been owed guaranteed money, he noted that the guarantees for Vander Blue, Khalif Wyatt, and Richard Howell were still unknown. Deeks fills in those amounts, reporting that the Sixers paid Blue $55K and Wyatt $35K. Howell received $50K from the Trail Blazers.
  • Unlike most players on non-guaranteed contracts, A.J. Price won’t have to wait until the new year for his salary to become fully guaranteed. He’ll get his full minimum salary as long as he’s not waived by the Timberwolves on or before December 8th.
  • Julyan Stone‘s two-year contract with the Raptors was initially guaranteed for $50K, but that amount was bumped up to $100K when he earned a spot on the regular season roster.
  • Dionte Christmas (Suns) and Henry Sims (Cavaliers) both received partial guarantees worth $50K.
  • The Hawksagreement with Cartier Martin is just for one year, for a fully non-guaranteed minimum salary.