It certainly appears from all the Kevin Love rumors that the Timberwolves are looking to exit stage left from Kevin Martin's contract which has around three years and 21 million dollars left. A deal which, in my opinion, is still quite reasonable for a player of Martin's caliber. Martin presents an upgrade to what the Bulls presently have on the wings, and Chicago has enough depth that a consolidation trade makes plenty of sense.
Bulls trade: Mike Dunleavy + Tony Snell for Kevin Martin + future 1st with heavy protection
Maybe the Wolves back off on the future 1st, because they may not be looking to dump Martin that badly, but getting a prospect in Snell with some potential probably makes it a possibility to take back the pick along with a guy in Dunleavy who might have some positive trade value of his own come the trade deadline to at least pick up a 2nd rounder from a contender.
The Bulls on the other hand merge Dunleavy and Snell into the much, much better Kevin Martin. Martin solves a problem for Chicago, he's a guy who can create shots on offense, and while the Bulls have improved the offense overall, they haven't done so much to address the shot creator role.
Martin's coming off a season where he scored 19.1 points per game on 55.3% TS% which is really awfully good, and it was actually a down year for him. He can shoot threes, draw lots of fouls and is an uber-efficient offensive player. The prior year his TS% was over 60% for the Thunder, a number which is just a shade higher than his career average.
Martin's been one of the most underrated offensive players in the NBA for much of his career. While it could be argued that he's somewhat of an empty scorer (not particularly good teams), I reject that argument due to the efficiency he performs at. Empty scorers are guys who need to hoist tons of shots to get points on pedestrian efficiency. That's not what Kevin Martin does.
He's not much of a defender, and he'll turn 34 in the middle of the final year of his contract which means there's some risk of ability decline, but for a guy who brings as many positives, even with some decline he's not on a bad deal at around seven million per year. Tony Snell didn't do much for me his rookie year, and Dunleavy likely expires worthless and will only steal minutes from McDermott anyway.
Martin can come in and take all their minutes. The bulls will still have tremendous depth and could hopefully settle into a solid 2/3 rotation of Martin, Butler, and McDermott taking up all the minutes with Hinrich remaining as a pure back up to Rose and Brooks out of the rotation. Chicago would still have excellent depth to sustain an injury on the perimeter as well as address the need for more ball handling and shot creation on the team.
If they can get a future first (or possibly just a second) thrown in then all the better. Either way, the Bulls won't find such a reliable offensive talent this available on a deal this cheap elsewhere. It'd be a nice way to improve the roster of the team to compete come playoff time. Might have to find a new number though.
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