This definitely isn't anything ground-breaking, but here's a simple reason why I am very open to a Kevin Martin trade:
The Kings as a team are currently 9th in points scored per game, with 101.43.
According to my calculations, without Kevin Martin, that number jumps to 103.66ppg, which would be 7th in the league.
I'm a big Kevin Martin fan. He is a great scorer. One of the best in the league. But is scoring what this team really needs? It doesn't appear so.
Kevin Martin recently said, "I just don't have the mind-frame to go out there and score 30 anymore," implying that he is focusing on other aspects of his game, such as passing, rebounding and defense. I don't think too many people will disagree, however, that he is not a particularly great passer, rebounder, or defender.
My question is simply this:
If the Kings do not need more offensive firepower, being among the top scoring teams in the league;
and Kevin Martin is a particularly good scorer, and particularly average at everything else,
Do the Kings need Kevin Martin?
While I have no doubt that Kevin Martin's shot will return and he will begin to score 20+ points per game, I don't think it will significantly improve the team by him doing so since scoring was never the problem. The problem is defense (5th at 105ppg from the opposing team). This is why I am not opposed to trading Kevin Martin. Not because I fear that he is ruining team chemistry or that he cannot play well along side Tyreke Evans, but because the Kings already have the pieces to be a perfectly capable offensive team. Martin's trade value could potentially bring a more needed defensive-minded player, which is something they serious lack.