The Minnesota Timberwolves and shooting guard Kevin Martin have agreed to a four-year deal worth $28 million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The news first broke on Tuesday night as the free agency frenzy continued to sweep through the league.
Martin, 30, averaged 14 points and 2.3 rebounds last season in his lone year with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He shot 42 percent from behind the arc, the best single-season mark of his career. Martin was the key piece for Oklahoma City in the deal that sent James Harden to Houston, and it was believed the Thunder had interest in bringing the eight-year veteran back if the price was right.
Martin told Sam Amick of USA Today that Minnesota was his first option outside of Oklahoma City. He felt he couldn't pass the deal up, especially with a chance to be coached by Rick Adelman for the third time in his career.
The Timberwolves have wasted no time adding scorers to their roster this offseason. After drafting Shabazz Muhammad in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft, they signed small forward Chase Budinger to a deal worth three years and $16 million on Tuesday. For a team that ranked 20th in the league last season in points per game, the addition of these three players should pay dividend immediately for Adelman.
In order to make room for Martin, the Timberwolves will likely have to renounce the rights to Andrei Kirilenko.