The all-knowing one, Adrian Wojnarowski, reported Wednesday that Kenyon Martin is returning to the New York Knicks. He’s coming back on a vet minimum deal, since that’s exclusively what the Knicks have left to offer.
It sure makes sense. Martin played center for much of the torrid March-April run enjoyed by the Knicks, showed he could still rebound well, shot 60 percent from the field, and served as a Tyson Chandler when Chandler was in foul trouble, resting, or out injured. As Taylor Armosino pointed out, the Knicks were significantly better defensively with Martin on the floor. And frankly, Martin was the better player in the playoffs than Chandler.
The Knicks needed more size, and Martin provides it. The Knicks need to be careful not to overuse him, given his advanced age, but as a role player, he should be an asset.