Monday, July 1, 2013
OKC set to lose Martin?
By Joe Kaiser
Oklahoma City could use some more shooters on its roster, and that need is intensified due to the report today that the Thunder are unlikely to bring back veteran Kevin Martin.
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports this afternoon that OKC is likely to go in another direction, with its sights set on free agent swingman Dorell Wright.
"The Thunder are working to stay below the luxury tax threshold this season, searching for bargain contributors able to spread the floor and make shots," Wojnarowski writes. "The return of Kevin Martin to the Thunder appears unlikely, unless the market for him dries up completely and he has to return at a far lower rate than he's trying to find, league sources said."
Like Martin, Wright is a long athlete who can spread the floor with his 3-point shooting, much like Rashard Lewis did in year's past. But what the Thunder would lose in Martin is a player who can also put the ball on the floor and get to the foul line. The 27-year-old Wright averaged just 1.6 and 1.8 free throw attempts per game over the past two seasons and if he ends up with the Thunder, you can count on him to become even more of a 3-point specialist.