The Houston Rockets have a mere two years and 24 million left on Kevin Martin's deal. Hardly a deal that needs to be moved for salary purposes. They're also sitting at 48 million in total salary right now, so there's no luxury tax to be saved.
Would the Rockets consider trading Kevin Martin?
The odds are fairly long. Martin is coming off perhaps his best season as a pro, most importantly playing in 80 of the 82 games. However, with the Rockets going in a new direction with their head coach anything is possible.
General thoughts on an offer
CJ Watson + Omer Asik (or Taj) + Bogans + Pargo + Lucas + 3 1sts (two this year + Charlotte pick) for Kevin Martin
The Rockets don't really have any bad salary on their team to take off
their hands which will limit the Bulls ability to take on money in a
salary dump. However, this trade saves them about four million dollars
after they sign the draft picks and a bit more in terms of free agency
Why for Houston?
Houston probably isn't into this trade, but it has some more value than the initial eyeball test would think. It really depends on whether they see themselves building around Kevin Martin or not. If they're willing to move him, then..
This trade may save them only four million when they sign the draft picks, but that money is basically going to be tied up in roster holds anyway, so it's a bit more effective than that. It should bring them down to closer to five million in savings on the cap during the free agency period, and that difference likely is the difference between being max salary under the cap and not.
If this were a tremendous free agent year then that would have a lot more value than it actually does. However, given that there are no max worthy FAs available this summer, it probably has more limited value than it would at a different point.
Besides getting max salary under the cap, the Rockets would get a couple of late firsts where they've historically drafted well to gather guys on cheap contracts. They'd get a tough defensive physical center to pair up with Scola as well, and they'd retain a ton of cost flexibility while loading themselves up with value contracts.
By changing coaches, the team is obviously signalling a changing of eras. Does Kevin Martin fit into their new era? He probably does, but if not, getting extra salary room while under the cap and value contracts isn't the worst you can do.
Why for Chicago?
It's probably a trade that's too good to be true from Chicago's perspective. Martin would provide all of the scoring we'd need out of the two guard position. He gets to the free throw line, attacks the basket, and can shoot. He can create his own shot and overall would be a deadly sidekick for Rose.
Martin is not without his warts though. He's had a terrible injury history as his sleight frame doesn't allow him to withstand the punishment his style of play dictates. He's also not going to gather any defensive team votes as he's the Carlos Boozer of wing defenders.
For Chicago that might pose a problem against the Miami Heat where they need a plethora of tough defenders on the perimeter.
Probably a pipe dream as unlike Iguodala, Gordon, and Ellis, there aren't a ton of rumors floating around about Martin's availability. Given Martin's injury history though, it's just as likely that his stock could plummet with another injury during the season.
The Rockets basically acquired Martin by giving up expiring contracts and Carl Landry which shows where his value was a season and a half ago when he was last traded. They'd certainly be getting far more back from him than they spent to get him in this trade.
It's a long shot, but one worth a phone call.