San Antonio Spurs sign guard Kevin Martin

March 9, 2016

The San Antonio Spurs added another key piece to their roster today, announcing that they have signed guard Kevin Martin.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In a related move, the team also waived swingman Rasual Butler today to clear room for Martin.

The 6'7", 200-pound Martin is an excellent three-point shooter who can play at the two or the three.  He provides another floor-spacing weapon off the bench for the Spurs, and could fill Manu Ginobili's role in the event Ginobili continues to struggle with his health.

Martin is one of just five active players with over 1,000 three-pointers while shooting at least 38.0 percent from beyond the arc for their career, along with Stephen Curry, Kyle Korver, Mike Miller and Dirk Nowitzki.

Martin holds career averages of 17.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting .438 from the floor, .385 from three-point range and .870 from the free throw line in 698 career appearances.

Martin began the season with Minnesota, averaging 10.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 21.4 minutes over 39 games, including 12 starts.  Minnesota, however, is in the midst of a significant youth movement, and Martin would have taken minutes away from the Timberwolves' young core.  As a result, he was waived on March 1 after three seasons with the club.

The former Western Carolina guard was drafted by Sacramento in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft (26th overall) and played part of six seasons with the Kings before being traded to Houston in 2010. After two-plus years with the Rockets, Martin was dealt to Oklahoma City where he spent the 2012-13 season before being sent to Minnesota the following summer.

By Staff of and news services

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