OKLAHOMA CITY (Sporting Alert) — Shooting guard Kevin Martin will leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and sign for the Minnesota Timberwolves, ESPN and media reports are saying on Tuesday.
According to the reports, Martin, who initially had stated that he was considering an offer from the Thunder to extend his contract, will reunite with his former coach Rick Adelman, who coached him while he was with the Sacramento Kings.
Martin, a free agent, who is able to sign with which ever team on July 10, is understood to have agreed to a four-year, $28 million offer from the Timberwolves.
The 30-year-old outlined that Minnesota has always been high on his list of teams to join, outside of Oklahoma City.
“Minny was my first option outside OKC, so I’ve got to take it,” Martin was quoted as tell USA Today.
“Especially being (with coach Rick) Adelman, and their starting lineup just needed a 2-guard, so I feel like it’s a perfect fit.”
Martin, who was acquired by the Thunder as part of a trade deal that saw James Harden traded to the Houston Rockets, is expected to link up with Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio.