Now that the NBA trade deadline has passed, more and more veterans seeking buyout agreements will be shaking free from their respective teams and looking for more attractive destinations. The Miami Heat are naturally looking for help with two roster spots open after completing three trades before the deadline and with a potential third slot available if they waive injured point guard Beno Udrih.
From Tim MacMahon of ESPN:
The Mavs will have interest in Kevin Martin if he receives a buyout, sources said, but he is likely to land with a team that has a better chance of contending. A source named the Cavs, Heat, Hawks and Thunder as suitors for Martin, depending on Joe Johnson's decision.
Joe Johnson has already received a buyout from the Brooklyn Nets, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in hot pursuit of him. Though the Heat are also reportedly interested in his services, the team will need to wait several more days if they want to add any player to their roster for the rest of the season so as not to push them back over the luxury tax threshold. Miami also has the option to sign players to 10-day contracts.
Martin is averaging 10.6 points and is shooting a career-low 37.7% from the field. He has played sparingly this season and is averaging 21.4 minutes per game with a PER of 12.26, which are both the lowest since his rookie season. He holds career averages of 17.6 points, 43.8% FG shooting and 38.5% from 3-point range.
With Gerald Green struggling from the field and the Heat certainly in need of an offensive boost from the bench, it makes sense that they would be interested in Martin but other players will also soon become available.
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