Denver Nuggets fans may need to point their satellite dishes east next season to see their favorite players, as a third Nuggets free agent -- veteran power forward Kenyon Martin -- is in talks to sign in China for the 2011-12 season, reports Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post. Denver restricted free agent Wilson Chandler has already signed in China, and unrestricted free agent guard J.R. Smith has reportedly entered negotiations on a $3 million deal with a Chinese club.
Hochman reports that Martin's deal would be the richest in Chinese Basketball Association history; ESPN's Marc Stein singles out the team chasing Martin as Xinjiang Guanghui, based in the northwestern city of Urumqi. Xinjiang went 31-1 during the CBA regular season last year behind an MVP campaign from former Sacramento Kings first-round pick Quincy Douby; Douby will indeed be back with Xinjiang on a $2 million contract. The team has also hired American Bob Donewald, who coaches the Chinese national team, to run the squad.
Martin is 33 years old, but when healthy is still considered a plus defender and a decent enough supplementary offensive option.