Sunday, December 18th, 2011 at 4:47 pm  |  13 responses

Kenyon Martin May Be Headed Back to NBA

Like JR Smith, Wilson Chandler and Aaron Brooks, Kenyon Martin is stuck playing in China until March, or until his squad—the Xinjiang Flying Tigers—releases him. While the latter has been considered unlikely, ESPN is reporting that K-Mart may indeed be headed back to the NBA pretty soon: “The Xinjiang Flying Tigers in China are giving strong consideration to releasing star forward Kenyon Martin, according to sources close to the situation. If Xinjiang goes through with the move, it would be the test case for established NBA players who signed in China during the lockout to possibly return to the NBA sooner than expected. Sources told ESPN.com that only the threat of serious sanctions from Chinese league officials for releasing a player of Martin’s stature in-season, including the potential forfeiture of games, has stopped Xinjiang from making the move already. Based on new rules instituted for this season in China, teams there were told that they could only sign NBA free agents and could not grant out clauses to those players to come back to the States in the event of the lockout ending. For the high-profile American signees — Martin, Wilson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Aaron Brooks — that meant they were committing to staying through the end of the Chinese Basketball Association season in March before having the freedom to sign a new NBA deal.”

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  • Heals

    The trilogy is complete now; Escape from Cna…

  • EtheKnickFan

    ^ lol too funny.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    let me guess, Heat?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Double J

    And Kenyon Martin has signed with the Miami Heat for the Veteran’s Minimum bahahah i can hear it now… screw the super teams getting better… Dallas and Miami boooo!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Clipperland and Madison Square garden have just as much an identity to be called a ‘super team’… Dallas though? Perhaps if this was Olympics 2000 Vince along with Lamar the best player not starting on an NBA team…but they did lose boo hoo barea.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Is Paddy Mills still in China? I’m guessing he must be if there’s no opt-out clause.

  • ab40

    Dallas or Boston. He already said he’d wanna play with boston. And I can see him taking on a chandler like role for them. Maybe that’s what they’re waiting on. I can see Wilson Chandler go to either Boston or yeah Denver. Just watched the open practice highlight of denver and they are gonna be a lot of fun to watch and they’ll probably make the playoffs. I don’t think GS is making it. it’ll be (in no perticualr order) Lakers, Clippers, Spurs, Mavericks, Oklohoma City, Portland, Denver and Memphis. @Dacre Beabois is better than Barrea dude might start if VC doesn’t fit in, I think terry is gonna be the backup 1, roddy the 2, odom the 3, Cardinal the 4 and Mahinmi the 5. Dallas is loaded and I hope they get Martin when he comes back. Miami is going to run and hype itself into the ground.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Note to Jr, Chandler, Brooks and Kenyon;
    Break the damn team rules and your freee..

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max


  • 1vey2ink

    Just get fired by breaking team rules or something!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jgxlPfSr-0 IAMORANGE4EVER

    I KNOW Kenyon lives in Dallas during the off-season, but Marc Cuban and Kenyon don’t exactly see eye to eye – if you don’t remember the 2nd round matchup between the Nuggets and Mavs in 2009 click my name. I could see Kenyon wanting to play for Boston, HOWEVER, if it cames down to choosing between the Knicks current squad, and the Celtics current squad, and you take everything into consideration: playing time, money, comfort level with players/front office, and chances for a chip, then it’s ADVANTAGE NEW YORK. I don’t even need to mention the Heat, K-Mart AINT going to South Beach and helping Trina’s (ex girlfriend rapper) favorite team win a chip..time to move! lol… “LOOK BACK AT ME” HEAT FANS! rofl

  • Morris

    Martin Sucks.

    A Fan from Urumqi,XJ,China.

  • Maurice

    I definitely could see Martin or chandler playing for Boston preferribly chandler. Come on chandler choose Boston and Martin whatever you do don’t choose the heat.