Houston Rocket trade value #4: Kenyon Martin Jr
The biggest thing going for Kenyon Martin Jr is that he is very young and costs a pittance. Martin won’t turn 21 until January of next year, will make under $2 million each of the next three seasons and none of those seasons are guaranteed.
If Martin were to suddenly turn into a pumpkin the team could cut him and not have to pay him a thing. Outside of Martin being on an incredibly team-friendly deal, he flashed enough in his rookie season to prove that he is an NBA-ready contributor.
As Martin’s game grows he has a chance to be a top-100 player before the end of this contract which makes him an incredibly valuable player. Because of this, the Rockets wouldn’t even entertain the idea of trading him.
His future value is potentially too high to move on from him and his current production isn’t enough for a team to surrender a large package for his services. At the end of the day, Martin is a great building block for the Rockets to have and they should be in no rush to move him.
What he’d fetch on the trade market is unknown but if he were made a free agent today he’d certainly get a better deal than the one he’s on now. Martin could very easily move up this list next season, hopefully, he makes good on the promise he showed in his rookie season.
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