Good news came late this afternoon, from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
Free agent Kenyon Martin has reached an agreement to return to the New York Knicks, league source tells Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 24, 2013
It’s been confirmed by a bunch of other in-the-know people, so it looks like K-Mart is back. Details of the contract have yet to surface, but most believe this will be a one-year deal for the veteran minimum (which probably means it’s a 4-year, fully guaranteed deal).
Last season, the Knicks came into the year with some defensive depth behind Tyson Chandler in Kurt Thomas, Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby. With Camby back to Toronto, Thomas retired and Wallace now enjoying dinners with JB Smoove and Judah Friedlander on MSG and wanting to move into coaching, the Knicks were in danger of entering this season with no viable backup for Chandler. Martin proved last year that, when healthy he’s still a plus-defender. He even helped the Knicks offensively in ways, too, as the Knicks scored 113.3 points-per-100 possessions with him on the court (slightly higher than without him). He fouled people, violently, effectively and quite often, which we all know is the quickest way to Knicks fans’ hearts.
The Knicks can go about two deep at every position now. The starting lineup/rotation will be worked out by Mike Woodson and staff, but the Knicks have Raymond Felton/Pablo Prigioni at the point, J.R. Smith/Iman Shumpert/Tim Hardaway, Jr/Metta World Peace at the 2/3, Carmelo Anthony/Andrea Bargnani/Amare Stoudemire at the 4 and now Tyson Chandler/Kenyon Martin at the 5. Throw in some C.J. Leslie, maybe Jeremy Tyler and Toure Murry and we almost have your 2013-14 New…York…KNICKS!