Kenyon Martin, who entered the NBA with the Nets and spent parts of two seasons with the Knicks, announced his retirement Thursday in an interview with Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports (July 2).
Martin, a 6-foot-9 forward, was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2000 out of Cincinnati. He helped the Nets reach the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 playing alongside Jason Kidd. He was traded to Denver in 2004, where he spent seven seasons after the Nuggets sent three first-round draft picks to New Jersey.
“It’s been a great 15 years,” Martin, 37, told Spears. “Thanks to all the fans that supported me over the years. But a time does come when you have to walk away, and the time is now for me. I’m ready for the next chapter of my life. I would like to thank the Nets, Nuggets, Clippers, Knicks and Bucks for the opportunity to play the game that I love. It’s been real. Thanks for the love.”
Martin played 757 games in 15 seasons and had 9,325 points, 5,159 rebounds and 864 blocked shots. He made one All-Star appearance (2004).
After leaving the Nuggets in 2011, he played a lockout-shortened season with the Clippers. In February 2013, he joined the Knicks on a 10-day contract and remained with them until the end of the 2013-14 season, when he averaged 7.8 points and 7.6 rebounds in 32 games.
Martin was waived by the Bucks last season after completing two 10-day contracts with Milwaukee.
Shane Larkin deleted a tweet during a Twitter spat that began soon after the guard’s move from the Knicks to the Nets was announced Thursday.
When a fan tweeted that Larkin was now “free from Triangle tyranny”, Larkin responded “lol preach”, which one Knicks fan construed as a shot at Phil Jackson’s offense and captured on a screenshot.
— Knicks Dude (@knicksdude) July 2, 2015
Larkin deleted the ‘preach’ tweet and soon after went to Instagram to thank the Knicks for “giving me the chance to showcase myself” this past season.
— Shane Larkin (@ShaneLarkin_3) July 2, 2015
Later Thursday, Larkin agreed with a fan who said Larkin was not suited to the triangle.
@BeastmodeBags90 at least somebody understands lol thanks man good luck w the Knicks too
— Shane Larkin (@ShaneLarkin_3) July 2, 2015
The Nets have agreed to a deal with free agent forward Thomas Robinson, according to multiple reports.
The deal will be for the veteran’s minimum salary, according to Tim Bontemps of the New York Post (July 2).
The Nets will be Robinson’s fifth NBA team since he was taken fifth overall by Sacramento in the 2012 NBA draft.
Robinson played 54 games last year with Philadelphia and Portland, averaging 5.7 points and 5.6 rebounds. Robinson reportedly was set to sign a 10-day deal with the Nets before being claimed by the 76ers. He is viewed as a backup to Nets big men Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young.
The Nets have signed free agent PG Shane Larkin to a two-year, $3 million contract, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (July 2).
Larkin averaged 6.2 points and 3.0 assists in 24.5 minutes per game with the Knicks last season. In his two years in the NBA, Larkin has averaged 4.9 points per game.
The 22-year-old was drafted No. 18 overall by the Atlanta Hawks in 2013.
F JayVaughn Pinkston suffered a torn ACL on Wednesday during the Nets’ first Summer League practice, the team announced (July 2).
Pinkston, 23, went undrafted out of Villanova, and was invited by the Nets to participate in their Summer League.
Last season for Villanova, Pinkston averaged 9.7 points and 5.4 rebounds while playing 25.9 minutes per game.
Pinkston had some issues off the court in February, when he was accused of violating his probation related to an alleged 2010 assault.
The Nets have officially signed first round pick Chris McCullough to a multi-year contract, the team announced (July 1).
Terms of the contract were not released.
McCullough, out of Syracuse, was selected 29th overall by the Nets during last Thursday’s NBA draft.
McCullough is recovering from a torn ACL, but said after he was drafted that he recently began running recently.
In 16 games last season for Syracuse, McCullough averaged 9.3 points and 6.9 rebounds.
The Nets are showing interest in Thomas Robinson, according to Alex Kennedy, who cites a league source (Jul 1)
In 22 games for the Sixers last season, Robinson averaged 8.8 points, 7.7 boards over 18.5 minutes per contest.
Robinson, 24, is 6’9 power forward out of Kansas.
Brian ErniRobinson would certainly bolster the Nets’ depth behind Thad Young. Despite re-signing the majority of their front court, Brooklyn could use the help.
Robinson has some game. Remember: this is a guy who was picked fifth overall just three years ago. He showed some flashes of brilliance in his time with Philadelphia last year, and could be had at an affordable price. So if this one has legs, I think it would be a nice get for Billy King.