Veteran shooting guard Kevin Martin is officially available after reaching a buyout agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves late on Tuesday night. As with many of the previous buyout candidates, the Atlanta Hawks have been linked to a pursuit of his services.
San Antonio remains a strong favorite to land Kevin Martin, according to league sources, but Dallas, Houston and Atlanta are also in pursuit— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) March 2, 2016
Marc Stein of ESPN leads with the fact that the Spurs have the inside track to land Martin, but even reported interest from Atlanta's side is interesting. For one, the Hawks do not have a "free" roster spot after the addition of Kris Humphries, leaving outsiders to speculate on just how the team would add Martin if the 33-year-old wing agreed to come on board.
The obvious connection would be for the Hawks to part ways with Lamar Patterson if Martin elected to join the squad, but that is, of course, a move that would only be necessary if this reported interest came to fruition. Atlanta has displayed positive thinking with regard to Patterson's long-term prospects in the past (even investing in him with early-season rotation time), but Martin is clearly the better player in 2016, even while struggling with his shot (37.7% FG) during 39 games with the Wolves.
As always, these reports should be taken with a grain of salt, but the Hawks may not be done pursuing available talent on the buyout market.