NBA Rumors: Young Rockets Forward Drawing Trade Interest

He submitted a trade request a couple of months back, looking to land in a spot where he could earn more minutes. Now, it seems that KJ Martin (Kenyon Martin Jr.) has some takers.  

According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype today, the 3rd-year forward has drawn interest from several teams on the trade market, while Kelly Iko of The Athletic has said that "there are a number of teams — playoff contenders included — that have registered interest in Martin in the past, sources said, with his combination of age, athleticism and untapped potential deemed as attractive."

The son of the former NBA All-Star Kenyon Martin (who retired in 2015) averaged 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in about 21 minutes of action per game this past season. He also shot 53% from the floor, and 35.7% from long-range. 

Following the 2022 NBA Draft, in which the Rockets brought in rookie forwards Jabari Smith Jr., and Tari Eason, along with Jae’Sean Tate getting a hefty pay raise on a new contract, there is a definite squeeze on Martin for minutes at the forward spot.

The 21-year-old was a 2nd round pick in the 2020 Draft, and there are no hard feelings between him and the Rockets.

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