MINNESOTA—On Wednesday, July 3, free-agent Kevin Martin indicated he is leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Minnesota Timberwolves. Martin gave the Timberwolves, a verbal agreement that he will sign a four-year deal with the team in the $30 million range later this month.
The reason for his departure is because the Thunder could only offer him a limited amount of money. He decided to reunite with coach Rick Adelman, who helped him during his time with Sacramento.
The Timberwolves and Chase Budinger also agreed to a three-year $16 million deal that involves a player option on the third year. Martin averaged 14 points and shot 42.6 percent from the three-point line last season coming off the bench. He is looking forward to starting forMinnesota. Along with a young roster filled with Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love, the Timberwolves can only go up after missing the playoffs for the last nine seasons.
By Luis Cuevas