Talks between Kenyon Martin and the L.A. Clippers are heating up, as sources now tell the L.A. Times that the Clippers are prepared to offer the veteran big man the mini-mid-level exception of $2.5 million.
Martin met recently with Clips coach Vinny Del Negro and GM Neil Olshey to gauge his interest -- while he hasn't yet received a formal offer, multiple sources confirm the interest is there. Martin has also received inquiries from the Miami Heat, L.A. Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks.
Martin averaged 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds last season in 48 games with the Denver Nuggets. More recently, he played for Xinjiang in China. He left the team in December but won't be eligible to play in the NBA until after the Chinese season ends, which might be as early as Feb. 16. Martin's agent, Andy Miller, has said that he expects his client to make a decision by this weekend.