Martin was headed to Cleveland on Tuesday morning to meet with Kidd a day before the Bucks face the Cleveland Cavaliers, a source said. The Bucks have had injury issues at the forward position, especially with rookie forward Jabari Parker out for the season because of a knee injury. The Bucks have not offered a contract to Martin, who has not played this season. Free agents cannot be signed to 10-day contracts until Jan. 5.
Kidd and Martin were a formidable duo with the New Jersey Nets from 2001-04, helping the team reach the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003. They were also teammates with the New York Knicks during Kidd’s final season in 2012-13. Martin’s lone All-Star season in 2004 came while playing with Kidd.
Martin, 37, averaged 4.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in 32 games for the Knicks last season. The 6-foot-9 forward had previously told Yahoo Sports that he is in shape and has been working out in his off-season cities of Dallas and Los Angeles. Martin also said he has overcome an ankle injury that plagued him last season. He has had previous workouts with the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets.
The Cavaliers also have some interest in Martin, a source said. Cleveland, however, is not in a rush to replace injured forward-center Anderson Varejao, who was recently lost for the season because of a torn Achilles’ tendon. If the Cavaliers do decide to open a roster spot to replace Varejao, either guard A.J. Price, forward Louis Amundson or center Alex Kirk is expected to be waived, a source said. Martin, who has averaged 12.5 points and 6.9 rebounds in a 14-year career, recently expressed interest in playing for Cleveland after Varejao was injured.
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