OKC's Kevin Martin on trade rumors
It seems like Kevin Martin has gone through years of trade speculation.
Martin was in the NBA-foiled trade sending him from the Rockets to the Lakers in an attempt to get Pau Gasol. A year later, he was shipped from Houston to Oklahoma City in a multi-player deal that brought James Harden to the Bayou City.
So far, he has done well. In a sixth man role, Martin is averaging 15 points a game, good enough for third on the team. He also ranks eighth in the league in three-point accuracy.
Martin says he's always been a happy player, but for the first time in his career, he's on a legitimate title contender.
"It gives you a little extra pep in your step when you wake up in the morning, thinking what's ahead in the future," Martin said. "You just want to get better and not take things for granted."
Against Houston, Martin has followed his career trend of doing well against his former teams, averaging 18 points in two games and shooting 53.3 percent from three-point land so far this season.
"It's always another game for me," Martin said. "I always get excited when I play in front of my old home crowd and it's just a treat for a player in the NBA to play in front of fans who used to root for you."
But even as the Thunder are 39-14 and sit second in the West, trade rumors surface. The Oklahoman recently mentioned Martin as a trade possibility with his looming status as an unrestricted free agent at season's end.
"As a player, you realize especially with the new CBA... you know Oklahoma, they've been through it before with James (Harden)," Martin said when asked about the recent report. "It's just about what management needs for the future and things like that, but you can't control it, so you just have fun with it and play and know you're going to be in the NBA for awhile."